Liverpool Readathon Involvement for Businesses/Organisations

Reading, Raising and Being Amazing- The city unites for the Liverpool Readathon

Boy wizards and hungry caterpillars are on the curriculum for Liverpool schools this Spring as pupils in the city’s schools join forces for the second Liverpool Readathon, which will encourage reading for pleasure whilst also bringing the power of stories to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

We’re organising the Liverpool Readathon with the national charity Read for Good, which has been running its sponsored read events in individual schools since 1984.  Last year, over £16,000 was raised by pupils across Liverpool to fund books and storyteller visits for children at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The Liverpool Readathon 2018 will run for two weeks, from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th March and organisers are inviting schools to officially sign up now for their free Readathon kits.  Children taking part in the event will be sponsored to read whatever they like- from comics to classics- with the emphasis on reading what they love.  20% of whatever a school raises will be used to buy books for its library, 10% is going to support Liverpool Learning Partnership’s work on reading for pleasure and the remaining 70% funds Read for Good’s unique programme brining a regular supply of books and storytellers into the UK’s major children’s hospitals, including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

As part of our mission to create a community of readers across Liverpool, we’re aiming to build a real buzz about books and reading for fun across the city.  We’re looking for the support and participating of local businesses and organisations to get as many people across the city involved.

There are a number of ways in which you can support the Liverpool Readathon:

  • Join us by taking part in our DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) events where people (adults and children) across the city will do just that, drop everything and read, on the afternoons of World Book Day (5th March) and on the final day of the event (13th March).
  • Encourage your staff and clients to take 15 minutes on these afternoons to engage in the relaxing act of reading for pleasure. You may even want to create a special offer for those choosing to read in your venue!  We can provide you with printable posters to show that your workplace is taking part in the Liverpool Readathon DEAR sessions.
  • Run a reading related event- you may choose to celebrate the fun and relaxation that reading can bring by working with us to organise a Liverpool Readathon linked event during the fortnight of 2-13th March.
  • Nominate and sponsor schools by donating to their Readathon fundraising. You may even choose to match fund the amount that a local school raises!

Alternatively, if you have an idea of how your business could help support the Readathon, however big or small, it would be great to hear from you.

For further details or to pledge involvement, please contact:

Reading Coordinator, Liverpool Learning Partnership Jenny Holder

0151 724 4006

External Relations Manager, Read For Good Annie Smith

01453 839 005 / 07546 412 136