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New Town Readathon Challenge

Take on the Readathon challenge and raise money for charities

Dear Parent or Guardian

We are running a Readathon Sponsored Read through the whole of March and we’d like your child to join in.

Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools. Readathon encourages children to read for pleasure - an activity proven to increase children’s chances of success and personal happiness for the rest of their lives.

Readathon motivates reluctant readers to give reading a go, and keen readers to read more widely. It works because children choose what they want to read – they are not being assessed, it’s all about reading for fun. We would like you to support them, in particular by sponsoring them. The money raised helps the charity Readathon to regularly give brand new books and storyteller visits to children’s hospitals across the UK. For more information, check out your child’s sponsorship card and visit


Sponsors can pay by cheque or cash, or pay online by Please do support your child’s reading efforts. Research tells us again and again that children who read for pleasure are more likely to have successful outcomes. Above all, we hope they have fun!

As well as encouraging pupils to read for fun, our school will get free books worth 20% of our sponsorship total – so there really is something in it for everyone.  

What we’d like you to do:

  1. Your child’s been given a Readathon sponsorship card on which to list whatever they will enjoy reading. Books, e-books, poetry, comics – anything goes! Take a look at what they plan to read, or help them complete their list of books – sharing books is fine too (in fact recommended!), as well as listening to audio books.  Try to encourage them to read as much as they can during the month.
  2. Help your child find sponsors among family and friends. Sponsors can pay directly on line at or by cash or cheque made out to Readathon and sent to school. Please also encourage UK tax payers to tick the GiftAid box - Readathon will then be able to claim an extra 25% from the Government at no cost to the donor.
  3. Make sure you have collected your Readathon money  and handed it in by Friday March 31st 2017

For any more information please visit


Thank you for your support – and happy reading!