Head of English, Mrs Watson, launched our 2018 Read For Good challenge to Year 7 this week. The money raised brings the magic of stories and books to children in hospital.

Read for Good is a national charity that raises money through sponsored reads, and other activities, to supply books and storytellers to children’s wards in hospital.

Due to risks of infection, second hand books are not allowed in hospitals and so Read For Good delivers brand new books every 6 weeks. The children can read themselves, or storytellers funded by Read For Good read the books to them. Patients can take a book home with them when they leave hospital too.

Our Year 7 class were supplied with their book marks and sponsor cards by Mrs Watson who encouraged them to read as widely as possible and to gather sponsorship over the half term break.

Mrs Watson said: “Read For Good is a fantastic organisation supporting children and their families whilst in hospital. I can speak from personal experience about the good this brings. Our school is so happy to be working on the sponsored read again, we find it really motivates the boys to read, and importantly it encourages them to broaden their sphere in terms of the types of stories and authors they read.”

Each pupil sets their own reading challenge and gathers sponsorship. And as an extra incentive, Mrs Watson has promised that the boy who reads the most between now and 9 November will win a £10 book voucher.