Schools can win books by holding a sponsored read

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 January 2018

Usborne has teamed up with the Weston Mercury to support our Books For Schools campaign.

Usborne has teamed up with the Weston Mercury to support our Books For Schools campaign.


The Weston Mercury is giving schools the chance to win scores of new books for their libraries.

Vicky Angear from the Weston Mercury handing over school books to Mendip Green School head teacher James Oakley and the school's reading champions. Vicky Angear from the Weston Mercury handing over school books to Mendip Green School head teacher James Oakley and the school's reading champions.

We have teamed up with Usborne to give schools the opportunity to hold sponsored reading events in return for some new titles.

Sam Goodger, a bookseller with the children’s publisher, has offered to help schools organise sponsored reads.

For every £100 raised, Usborne will donate an extra 10 per cent in free books, for £250 or more the publisher will donate an extra 30 per cent, and if a school raises more than £600 Usborne has agreed to hand over 60 per cent – a staggering £360 worth of books.

The generous offer is part of Usborne’s Ready, Steady, Read appeal to promote literacy in the classroom.

Sam, from Usborne, is backing the Mercury’s Books For Schools campaign to provide a wider variety of books to schools across North Somerset.

She said: “The more your pupils read, the more money will be raised to buy books for your library and classroom, and the more free books your school will earn.

“I will arrange the entire event and can provide sponsorship forms, reading logs personalised to your school, certificates acknowledging each child’s achievement, bookmarks and an explanatory letter to parents, asking for their support.”

The Mercury launched its Books For Schools campaign at the end of October, to provide vital resources to schools struggling with funding cuts.

Evidence shows the importance of reading across all subjects, but schools are finding it harder to buy new books due to extra financial pressures.

Reading is also proven to help children develop empathy and social skills.

People can support our campaign by donating new and second-hand books or gift vouchers.

Mendip Green Primary School, in Worle, was the first school to receive 100 books through our campaign.

The Mercury is keen to give out 100 books to a school each month and people are being encouraged to have a clear-out after Christmas and donate any unwanted reads to the appeal.

New and secondhand books or gift vouchers can be dropped into the Mercury office, in Waterloo Street.

Schools interested in holding a sponsored read can email

MORE: Businesses can help cash-strapped schools by donating books.

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