Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital
- what could be better?
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Daisy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was seven. After several spells in hospital, management of her condition currently takes the form of an infusion treatment every eight weeks at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.
Daisy’s mum, Jules said:
“Sitting still for four hours when you’re ten is hard. The treatment is not particularly comfortable, with the needles and drip so she can’t doze or really relax; sometimes some of the other children around her are also in considerable discomfort. It’s a stressful, tough experience for any child (and her mum) to face routinely. But then the other day this orange bookcase was wheeled around the door…
Well, Daisy loves books, but actually the best bit of the bookcase on that particular day was the Readathon storyteller pushing it. He entertained Daisy and another little boy with this perfect story about where fairies came from. They were both absolutely enthralled, he was genuinely first-class, a five-star storyteller. He seemed to have all the time in the world for us and for Daisy, it really was perfect. He then helped the children choose a book to read from the trolley – I think he’d read every one on there – based on what they normally like to read. She was thrilled.
My experience is a little distraction goes a long way in hospital. The storyteller really did brighten Daisy’s day. As a parent, it’s nice to think that the storyteller was possible because of local school children reading for fun. Because she’s directly seen its impact, she’s now going to her School Council to make the case for running a Readathon in her own junior school.
Daisy asks her school to run Readathon
The visits from Readathon’s “first class, five-star” storyteller helped Daisy cope with her hospital stays. Because she’s directly seen its impact, Daisy is asking her school council to run Readathon.
Ellie said, “I set myself the target of reading ten books in ten days.
“It was hard as I chose really long books to read. My family were really supportive when I was doing the reading, but my sister wasn’t very happy that I wouldn’t play with her but she did like to listen to the stories. I love to read because you can lose yourself in a good book. Seriously – I can get so absorbed in a book that once I was reading from 7pm till 9pm without realising the time.
“It must be lovely for the children in hospital to listen to stories and be able to forget for a moment that they are unwell. Please get reading and raise more money for this wonderful charity.”
Ellie – you are a star. Thank you for getting involved in Readathon.
Ellie’s reading goal: 10 books in 10 days
Ellie took part in a Readathon this summer, and she loved it. Because she could choose how much to read – she aimed high.
With just 15 pupils, Ollaberry Primary School in Shetland proves that you don’t have to be a big school to enjoy a successful Readathon. During their Book Week, pupils read for an average of 301 minutes per pupil, totalling 3,921 minutes in all – that’s nearly three solid days!
To make their Readathon even more fun, pupils and staff even brought in their pyjamas for a ‘bedtime story’ session.
Don’t forget to tell us about your Readathon – you could help inspire others!
Shetland school proves size doesn’t matter
Shetland’s Ollaberry School has just 15 pupils – but they threw themselves into their Readathon and clocked up an amazing 3,921 minutes’ worth of reading!
Readathon does something amazing. We encourage children to read for fun through our sponsored read in schools and we use the money raised to give books and stories to children in hospital. We give schools free resources with everything needed to run a brilliantly successful sponsored read, and we provide children's hospitals with regular storyteller visits, plus a mobile bookcase jam-packed full of brand new books which are replenished every six weeks. Join us on our reading adventures!