Issued: May 10, 2016
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(back, left to right) Charlotte Kent, Charlotte Stevens, Nicole Goldberg and Katherine Tchavtchavadze with (front, left to right) Ethan Fox, Charlie Waker and Ryan Davis
Enthusiastic readers at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, read everything from graphic novels to the latest fiction raising Â£250 for seriously ill children.
The Readathon sponsored read was launched on World Book Day and for three weeks students were encouraged to find sponsors and read as much as possible.
Readathon, a nationwide charity, uses the sponsorship money to provide children books and storyteller visits to children in hospitals across the UK, as well as supporting charities which help seriously ill children.
Each participating pupil was sponsored for each book they read with the money raised going to Roald Dahlâ€™s Marvellous Childrenâ€™s Charity, Together for Short Lives and CLIC Sargent charity for children with cancer.
School librarian Jayne Davidson thanked parents who supported the students not only to help raise money but more importantly by taking a real interest in their children's reading.
The 2008 report 'Literacy Changes Lives', the National Literacy Trust concluded "reading for pleasure has been revealed as the most important indicator of the future success of a childâ€.
To thank students for their efforts, Readathon teams up with Scholastic Book Clubs to give the school free books.
Students taking part will be asked to select the books they would like to see in the library.
Charlotte Stevens said: "Taking part in the Readathon helped me be motivated si U could read books and know I was helping people."
Ryan Davis said: "It made me feel good to help other children."
Ethan Fox, another Year 7 student, said: "I love reading books and it was all for a good cause."