You may have seen the hashtag on twitter but what is the Liverpool Readathon, why is it running and how can you get involved?
What is the Liverpool Readathon?
The Liverpool Readathon is a mass sponsored read event which has been organised by the Liverpool Learning Partnership with charity Read for Good. Read for Good has been running Readathon in individual schools since 1984 but last year teamed up with LLP to run the first city-wide mass sponsored read in the UK. Last year 70 Liverpool schools took part and raised around £16,000. This year, more than 80 schools across Liverpool and Knowsley have signed up to participate in the mass sponsored read, with the aim of motivating whole schools to read for fun. Money raised will be used for school libraries and by the charities to fund their work in Liverpool.
What does the Liverpool Readathon help to fund?
The majority of the money raised by the Liverpool Readathon (70%) will go towards Read for Good’s unique programme of purchasing books and funding storyteller visits for children in hospital. This helps children who are in hospital for long periods of time to escape from their immediate surroundings and immerse themselves fully into a book.
Alder Hey’s Arts Coordinator, Vicky Charnock said: ”Read for Good’s storyteller and bright-orange mobile bookcase are well-known at Alder Hey. We love the loop of children in our schools reading to bring stories into our hospital. Imagination is a ticket out to the wider world when you’re in hospital and the power of stories to entertain, uplift and distract is incredible and something I’ve seen first-hand at Alder Hey with Read for Good.”
20% of the money raised will go back to schools in the form of Scholastic vouchers so they can purchase books for their libraries and reading areas. The remaining 10% will support Liverpool Learning Partnership’s work towards reading for pleasure in schools.
How are schools taking part in the Liverpool Readathon?
Many schools running the Liverpool Readathon will be encouraging their pupils to get sponsored to read as much as they can during the Readathon period. Other schools are taking part in Drop Everything and Read sessions and are asking for donations towards the Readathon as part of this. There are also author visits with Sarah McIntyre and Phil Earle that schools are taking part in as well as schools running their own events and competitions throughout the fortnight too.
Is it just schools?
The Liverpool Readathon has gone wider than just school events this year. Cultural venues, cafes and other businesses are also taking part in the event. Many venues are taking part in the Drop Everything and Read sessions on 9th and 16th November and there are several special Liverpool Readathon events that will be happening throughout the fortnight. On Wednesday 7th November, Sefton Park Library will hold an after-school Readathon session from 3.30-4.30 with stories in both English and Spanish whilst Wigwam café is having a special Meet the Authors event on Saturday 10th November from 2.30pm.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved by cheering on the schools and venues on social media using the hashtags #LiverpoolReadathon and #DEARLiverpool. You may also wish to donate to the Readathon by visiting https://www.readforgood.org/liverpool and choosing the option LIVERPOOL CITY READATHON.