FUNDRAISING NEWS: Marie Curie aims to beat biggest-ever 'read aloud' record

Marie Curie Cancer Care is extending its annual Daffodil campaign by teaming up with the Wordsworth Trust to launch an event based on William Wordsworth's Daffodils poem.

The event, timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the poem, will involve thousands of children across the UK working together to try to break the world record for the largest-ever synchronised mass reading aloud. At 9.15am on Friday 18 March, the children will all read Wordsworth's well-known poem, which begins with the line "I wandered lonely as a cloud".

The event, dubbed 'words worth reading', has been endorsed by poet laureate Andrew Motion and is already proving popular.

Marie Curie and the Wordsworth Trust aim to involve 150,000 school pupils in the event, as this figure represents the number of people who die of cancer in the UK each year. So far, more than 400 schools have signed up to the event, taking the current total to more than 100,000 pupils.

On the day, each child will collect sponsorship money from friends and family, and Yellow Pages has agreed to donate £5,000 worth of prizes for the top fundraising schools.

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