Charity Education News Local News

Vernham Dean School’s Sponsored Readathon Raises £355 for Bristol Children’s Hospital

The students at Vernham Dean School have embraced the spirit of giving and learning over the Easter holidays by participating in Gromit’s Grand Read, a sponsored readathon.

The initiative, which aims to promote a love for literature while raising funds for Bristol Children’s Hospital, saw the children challenging themselves to read as much as possible and securing sponsorship from their family and friends.

Senior Teacher Holly Bulpitt shared her enthusiasm for the program, stating, “We have a love of reading culture at our school, and we value books and the written word. The school council decided this was a great idea to help children less fortunate than themselves. Our children at Vernham Dean are so compassionate; this is one of the many things that make our small school with a big heart so special.”

The school’s small but dedicated community succeeded in raising £355, an impressive achievement for a modest-sized school. This effort not only fostered a sense of accomplishment among the students but also contributed to a noble cause, supporting children undergoing treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The staff at Vernham Dean School expressed their gratitude to all the children and their families for their enthusiastic participation and support. “Well done to all the children and their families for supporting such a worthy cause,” said Holly.

For those interested in joining the school’s welcoming community, Vernham Dean School is currently accepting applications for September 2024 across all year groups. Prospective applicants can visit the Hampshire County Council website for more information or contact the school directly via phone at 01264 737241 or email at