Reading challenge’s happy ending

PUBLISHED: 14:13 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:51 15 March 2016

Pupils at Hontion Primary School during their sponsored  Readathon

Pupils at Hontion Primary School during their sponsored Readathon


The event was held to raise money to help give brand new books to children in hospital.

To encourage its pupils to read for pleasure, Honiton Primary School organised a very successful sponsored Readathon - raising money to help give brand new books to children in hospital.

Pupils rose to the challenge, reading a variety of books, magazines and newspaper articles and raising a fantastic £2,074 for seriously ill children.

Their achievement also earned the school free books worth £414, provided by Readathon in partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs to boost school library stocks.

Readathon, a nationwide charity, uses the sponsorship money raised to provide brand new books for children in hospital up and down the UK, as well as supporting charities who help seriously ill children.

Teacher Angela Piggott said: “I recommend Readathon to any teacher or librarian who wants to get their pupils reading for pleasure.

“Readathon creates a real buzz about books in the school.

“I found children talking about books, sharing and swapping favourites and genuinely motivated to read. Parents became involved in what their children were reading and shared precious time together talking about books. Readathon really is a win-win.”

Readathon founder Brough Girling said: “The wonderful thing about schools and young people is that, even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves.

“To say thank-you for their tremendous efforts, Readathon has teamed up with Scholastic Book Clubs to give Honiton Primary School free books. We hope that these books will, in turn, inspire even more pupils to get reading - for good.”

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