Children in Need

Children in Need gives Readathon’s unique hospital programme a boost

At Readathon, we are very grateful to the ongoing support of the BBC’s Children in Need. Through its grants, we have been able to fund our work in several hospitals across the UK. 

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Lauren's story

Lauren who’s seven and from Cornwall, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in 2014.

“I got this rash on my forehead and didn’t feel well. I had a test and the next day they said that I’d got cancer.”

Mike is one of our Readathon storytellers who works in the south west of England. Armed with his walking stick shaped flute, his objective is to take children in hospital into another world and away from the discomfort of their ill-health. With Readathon’s storytellers like Mike, Lauren has a chance to feel better – for at least a while between treatments.

Lauren is one of Mike’s biggest fans. She loves stories – especially anything about animals – and she especially loved books when she found out she had cancer and had to spend hours travelling between or being treated in hospitals. Her mum said “It was such a nice distraction to have books for company when all we knew was just that she was so very poorly.”

Mike and Lauren cropped for website

Listen to Lauren aired on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show during the week of Children in Need. Hear how Readathon is making a difference to Lauren’s time in hospital. 

Listen to Lauren’s story for Children in Need

Donate directly to Readathon’s work by clicking here, or why not get your local school to run Readathon’s sponsored read