Published by Mr Macdonald
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Two Castle Douglas High School S1 pupils recently participated in a sponsored read to raise money for the charity Readathon. They read books over three weeks in return for pledges of money from family and friends and together raised just under £100!
For children in hospital, books are incredibly important - they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain. Throughout the year, Readathon provides brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK. Even children unable to leave their beds can choose books from Readathon’s specially designed mobile bookcase, and because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection. In the space of just one year, Readathon gives hospitals over 25,000 new books and provide 210 storytelling days, bringing the magic of books and stories to over 100,000 seriously ill children and their families. As well as their hospital programme they also support children in hospitals with the three brilliant charities, The Roald Dahl Marvellous Children's Charity, CLIC Sargent and Together for Short Lives.
By taking part in Readathon Lucy Riding and Samantha Oliver helped many other children who are seriously ill in Scotland. Because of them, children in hospital will enjoy the magic of books and stories, going on adventures beyond their hospital wards.
"Readathon are wizards. Spreading their book magic and inspiring the love of reading."
Children's Laureate 2015-2017