Our Hospital Programme

Providing and reaching, every year:

For children in hospital, books and stories are particularly important – they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain. Read for Good provides a regular supply of brand new books along with storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals.

Children unable to leave their beds can choose books from our specially designed mobile bookcase which wheels right up to their bedside. Because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.

Our hospitals


  • Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham
  • Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital, Bristol
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
  • Evelina Children’s Hospital, London
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester
  • Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London
  • Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull
  • Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, Norwich
  • Jersey General Hospital, Saint Helier
  • John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds
  • Leicester Children’s Hospital, Leicester
  • Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
  • Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Brighton
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
  • Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter
  • Royal Free Hospital, London
  • Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester
  • Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield
  • Southampton General Hospital, Southampton


  • Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen
  • Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow
  • Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh


  • Morriston Hospital, Swansea
  • Noahs Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff
  • Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor

Northern Ireland

  • Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast

Emma Jarvis, Arts Development Manager from Norwich and Norfolk Hospital explains why Read for Good’s work in hospitals is so vital; while the books and stories cheer up children in hospital, the ripple effects of our work on the wider hospital community are significant:

“The more comfortable our patients, the less anxious our visiting families. The less anxious our visiting families, the more time staff have to carry out other duties. Happier children attending operating theatres will spend less time in the anaesthetic room and will then wake up relaxed in recovery. Read for Good has a significant impact throughout the hospital and throughout a patient’s journey from admission to discharge.”

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