Mum’s bid to raise money from week long readathon

A mother of two young children is organising a week-long readathon to help raise money for a play specialist at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Lisa Crook, who lives near the hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, is hoping to encourage other people to take part in the project to help boost the My WiSH Charity’s #25 appeal which marks the 25th birthday of the charity.

The 34-year-old is an avid reader especially to her two young children William, two, and Ellen, 10 months.

She is a sales rep for Usborne Publishing, an award-winning company which publishes children’s books, and said that she has a “love of books” for her children.

The readathon is to take place from Monday, March 1, to Sunday, March 7, which runs across World Book Day on Wednesday, March 4.

Lisa, who works part time in the spa at Centre Parcs, in Elveden, said: “World Book Day is all about reading for pleasure and the more children read the more successful they become. I love reading to my two children and they both take notice.”

She is going to set up a fundraising page on the JustGiving website and is calling on people to register once it is up and running and help sponsor people and young children to take time to read a book during the first week of next month.

“I’m keen for people to encourage reading for children during the week. Friends and family can sponsor children to read but anyone can take part not just children,” she added.

The #25 appeal was set up on September 15 last year as the day marked the 25th birthday of My WiSH Charity who set up the challenge of spending 12 months to mark the occasion.

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for MyWiSH, said: “This is a great event, it’s really great to be back doing something fun and we hope lots of people will take part. The play specialist role will be an amazing addition to the hospital, not only do they help reduce the anxiety that a visit to the emergency department might cause, but they can help prevent future hospital phobia through ensuring the young patient has a good experience.”

The charity, which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital, wants people to get involved by taking part in fundraising ideas linked to 25 and they plan to end the year on September 4, this year, with the Soapbox Challenge.

Money raised from the various events will go to support the WiSH Upon a Star Children’s appeal which enhances care for young patients right across the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust with a target of £25,000 to fund a play specialist in the emergency department at the hospital.

Those wanting more information can email Lisa at lisalittlebookden@gmail.com or sign up on “Facebook, My WiSH Read, steady … read!”

Pictured above is Lisa with her two children William and Ellen.

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