HNC Library is always looking for fun and innovative ways to encourage more students to read for pleasure and learning. It was during World Book Day in March that College Librarian, Rebecca Hill, learnt about a literacy charity called Readathon, who provide books & professional storytellers to entertain and relieve the anxiety and stress felt by seriously ill children in hospital. To raise money for the charity all students had to do was a sponsored read. As an extra incentive, Rebecca also established the Page Turner Prize, for the student who raised the most money would be able to get a free book of their choice.

Seven students, (including some from Reading Ahead) in total signed up and participated in Readathon, reading as much as they could and getting sponsored by family and friends. The Readathon deadline has since passed and all students have now handed in their sponsorship money. We are delighted to report the students raised a combined total of £196.84! Just shy of £200 which is an amazing achievement for the inaugural Readathon. HNC student Alicia Jordan, raised the staggering amount of £100, thanks to reading lots & very generous family and friends, which enabled her to claim the Page Turner prize.

“The secret to this amazing success,” College Librarian, Rebecca Hill believes, “is encouraging the students to watch a short video featuring Henry, a nine year old boy who has spent a lot of time in hospital due to a severe heart condition. He speaks to the camera explaining how boring and sometimes lonely being in hospital can be. Then he gets visibly excited and passionate when he talks about the difference Readathon has made by providing new books to enjoy and fun Storytellers to play and learn with. Seeing the very clear benefits their efforts will bring definitely inspired the students who took part. And having students reconnect with reading, whether for pleasure or academic purposes, is a nice bonus to the whole scheme. We will be running it again next year and aim to try and match if not beat this year’s total.


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