Help Make A BIG Difference With The Big Read

Birmingham Children’s Hospital hopes that everybody involved in The Big Read will also take the opportunity to help raise funds for important projects that will benefit the children and young people it cares for.

151207 Eye Believe logoYour Big Read fundraising will support our Eye Believe appeal which will help us to give our Eye Department patients a warm, friendly welcome every time they have to visit us. We want to create a spacious waiting area and exciting interactive play space suitable for children with visual impairments.

Over 500 children visit our Eye Department every week. Our expert staff treat everything from squints and sticky eyes to complex disorders like glaucoma and congenital cataracts. We are one of only two centres in the UK to care for children with retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye).

We’ve come up with three Big Read fundraising ideas that we think you’ll enjoy, but we know you’ll have lots more and we look forward to hearing all your fantastic fundraising stories when you register your activity.



If you and your friends have stacks of books you’ve already read why not sell them on to others so that they can enjoy them too?  Ask everyone to donate as many books as they can and hold a Big Book sale in your classroom or school hall at playtime, lunchtime or home time.  Separate the books into different age groups/categories and ask everyone to come into school with some pocket money.  Invite grown-ups too! You could even serve tea and cake or hold a raffle to boost your profits.

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Create your own fairy story by dressing up as your favourite fictional characters. Ask children to make a donation to come to school dressed as anyone from Goldilocks to the Gruffalo, then create a story based on whoever turns up! All proceeds will be donated to our Eye Believe Appeal to transform the Eye Department at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  Combine storytelling, creative writing and poetry readings to create a magical day to remember.


A sponsored read is a great way to get the whole school involved in reading and raising funds. From getting sponsored to recognise letters or words, to completing as many chapters (or even whole books!) as possible in a week, set your own reading challenges and collect donations when you complete them.

Watch the Eye Believe film to find out how your fundraising can help make a BIG difference