Bookworms raise cash for CLIC Sergeant and Roald Dahl Foundation

St. Aidans primary school pupils (rear left to right) Toban jarvis and Lily Sweell (front (left to right) Callum Bromley, Olivia Vinter and Toby Ward reading books.

St. Aidans primary school pupils (rear left to right) Toban jarvis and Lily Sweell (front (left to right) Callum Bromley, Olivia Vinter and Toby Ward reading books.

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YOUNG bookworms took part in a charity readathon which raised £1,200.

The 250 children from St Aidan’s Church of England Memorial Primary School, in Loyalty Road, Hartlepool, took part in the fundraising challenge for cancer charity CLIC Sergeant and The Roald Dahl Foundation.

The school was split into two halves with the younger children reading every night for a week at home with parents, grandparents or carers, and the older pupils challenging themselves to see how many books they could read in a week.

The activities were all sponsored and ended up raking in a whopping £1,200 – hundreds of pounds more than what teachers and pupils expected.

Deputy headteacher Judith Skirving and class teacher Kirsty Lightowler organised the event.

Mrs Skirving said: “We wanted to raise the profile of reading for enjoyment in school and also to encourage them to read at home.

“As part of World Book Day we decided to launch our Readathon and the children were all really enthusiastic and did very well.

“We were only expecting to raise a couple of hundred pounds at the most because we weren’t expecting as many children to participate.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed, and when we told the children they were really excited.”