New children's storybook wants to hear your NHS stories

People are being called on to share their positive stories about their experiences of the NHS to form part of an ebook for children.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 3:10 pm
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 3:11 pm

Castleford-born Sam Maeer runs Giant Leaper, a company which promotes mental health among children, and wants stories and anecdotes for the book.

All proceeds from sales will go to Young Minds, the mental health charity for young people.

Pontefract artist Rachel List has agreed to allow her wall murals, that have recently appeared around the town in support of the NHS, to be used as illustrations for the book.

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People are being called on to share their positive stories about their experiences of the NHS to form part of an ebook for children.

With a title of ‘Re-think the Rainbow. Positivity in a Pandemic’, Mrs Maeer and her business partner and author Emily ‘Madge’ Payne, are hoping to attract enough tales to make the book possible.

Mr Maeer said: “Children are being constantly bombarded with news and this may be subconsciously affecting their mental health.

“They may have little to no understanding and how it could affect them. They may develop fears or phobias which make them afraid of hospitals, doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

"We’re asking people to submit stories around health in a positive way, such as a family member being in or working in a hospital, and a positive story from that.

“It could also be a fantasy superhero type character overcoming a challenge.

“The aim of the book is to help them understand the heroic and brave work our NHS team are doing, and to illustrate that they don’t have to be afraid of hospitals, illnesses, doctors, nurses or other medical staff.

“By using stories created, we can help them to understand they are not alone, everyone is affected the same.

Submit stories by emailing [email protected]

Ideally the stories should be between 300 and 500 words each. The book is likely to be priced at around £10 and will be available at www.iamagiantleaper.com.