Every mile is magic when you're supporting BookTrust!

Take a look at the incredible ways you could challenge yourself and support BookTrust this year.

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Flying enthusiast takes to the skies to raise money for BookTrust

We’re constantly in awe of the unique ways people fundraise for us to help get children reading – including Nic Orchard, who has flown her own aeroplane in support of BookTrust several times. Here’s her story.

Jacqui takes part in the Marathon Walk London each year for BookTrust

She shares how she prepares for such a challenge and how to get involved too!

Clare shares how she was inspired to take a virtual walk to Buckingham Palace for BookTrust

Clare's love of the Royal Family inspired her to walk the length of her home town to Buckingham Palace in aid of BookTrust.

Make a difference today

There are so many things you can do to raise money for BookTrust. You’re only bound by the limits of your imagination! It’s your chance to do what you want, have some fun and help spread the joy of reading. Set up your very own fundraising page on JustGiving or use SuperKind, a free platform empowering children to make a difference.

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We’d love to hear about what you’re planning to do, so don’t forget to get in touch with us on [email protected]

Ready, set, go! Everything you need to know.

  • Where does my money go?

    • BookTrust supports over 3.9 million families to read with their children with our books, guidance and resources. Here are some examples of the difference any donation, big or small, can make:
    • £10 could provide 6 pre-school children living in women's refuge centres with their own book pack.
    • £25 given by 4 people could provide a package of books and resources to a struggling secondary school.
    • £50 could provide 6 families from deprived communities with additional support through their children's centre to develop a reading habit.
    • £1,000 would allow us to send 14 special needs secondary schools a pack of 10 carefully chosen books to help children develop a love of reading and provide support for librarians and teachers.
    • £15,000 would enable us to send book packs to 740 children with a disability that impacts on motor skills, which includes a specially created touch and feel book, finger puppets and guidance for parents.
  • Health checklist

    Before you get stuck in with your training, it’s a good idea to make sure there aren’t any medical reasons why you shouldn’t take on an exercise programme. Have a look at the checklist below and if you answer ‘Yes’ to some or all the questions and you have any concerns, we advise you to make an appointment with your GP and request a check-up.

    If you answer ‘No’ to all of these questions or have the all-clear from your GP, it’s time to get going!

    • Are you over 30 and/or haven’t exercised for some time?
    • Do you suffer from any medical conditions?
    • Do you smoke, or have you recently given up?
    • Have you undergone any surgery in the past two years?
    • Are you currently suffering from any injuries?
    • Do you currently take any prescription medication?
    • Are you unsure about beginning an exercise programme?

    Download our guide to fuel and hydration

  • Picking the right guide

    Our 17-week plans are designed to help you achieve your goal, whether you’re new to running or want to beat your best time.


    • You’ve been running for less than 12 months.
    • You can run for at least 60 minutes
    • You’re training for your first marathon.

    Download the beginners plan

    Top tip: If you’ve never run before, perhaps take a look at a Couch to 5k plan first. This will build you up gradually to running consistently for 30 minutes, over the space of nine weeks.


    • You’ve been running for at least 12 months.
    • You’ve completed a number of shorter events, including half marathons and 10ks.
    • You’ve already completed at least one marathon and want to improve.
    • You’re comfortable running approximately 30 miles per week.

    Download the advanced plan

If you need anything else, please get in touch with our fundraising team

Why reading matters

How we make a difference

BookTrust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and its associated benefits through our programmes and activities.

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