2,000 children run mass Readathon

Published: Thursday February 23, 2017

Schools get reading with first mass Readathon.

More than 2,000 primary school children across ten primary schools in Gloucestershire have launched head-first into tales of unfortunate events, wizards and hungry caterpillars by joining forces to run a mass sponsored Readathon – the first of its kind in the country.

The ten schools that comprise the Diocese of Gloucester’s Academies Trust (DGAT) are all supporting the Gloucestershire-based charity, Readathon with a two-week sponsored read. Beginning in the run up to World Book Day (March 2nd), children will be sponsored to read anything and everything – from comics to classics – with 20% of their sponsorship total funding books for their own school libraries. The rest is used by Readathon to support its work bringing books and stories into all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals, including Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Readathon has been giving schools the tools and motivation to read for fun through its sponsored read for more than 30 years; the first chair of the Nailsworth-based charity was Roald Dahl. This is the first time that a cluster of schools have joined together to run a multi-school Readathon.

Readathon Chief Executive, Justine Daniels said: “The DGAT schools share our belief that reading for fun should be weaved into a child’s day wherever possible. We love the costumes, the artwork and book buzz on World Book Day and it’s brilliant that the DGAT schools are making sure their pupils are actually reading too!”

DGAT Chief Executive, Rachel Howie said: “We are delighted to be working with Readathon. We’re always looking for new ways to excite children about reading. The events are being organised by the children themselves and they are really looking forward to getting started. Readathon’s loop of getting children reading in schools in order to fund brand new books and storyteller visits for hospitalised children is really powerful. We’re proud to be the first academy trust in the country to run Readathon in this way.”

The DGAT schools are: Dursley Church of England Primary Academy, Field Court Church of England (Infant) Academy, Hardwicke Parochial Academy, Lakefield Church of England Primary School, Longney Church of England Primary Academy, Minchinhampton Church of England Primary Academy, North Cerney Church of England Primary Academy, Primrose Hill Church of England Primary Academy, Whiteshill School and Winchcombe Abbey Church of England Primary School

Visit www.readathon.org for more information about Readathon and to order a free resource kit for your school.


Editor’s Notes

Readathon has motivated millions of children to get reading over the last 32 years. Schools have also raised £27 million. Alongside its own programme in hospitals, Readathon supports CLIC Sargent and The Marvellous Children’s Charity (Roald Dahl was Readathon’s first chairman).  This year, Readathon will give away 25,000 new books and arrange more than 200 days’ worth of professional storytelling. 



Readathon Annie Smith



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Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust Lucy Taylor



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