Some of the country’s best-loved children’s authors have joined together with local Bristol hospital charity Above & Beyond to raise funds for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Above & Beyond has launched Don’t Be Scared, a children’s anthology with short stories, poems and illustrations by more than 30 writers and illustrators including Children’s Laureates Jacqueline Wilson, Anne Fine, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson, Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl and Carol Ann Duffy.
The book was launched on 29th September with a reading by contributor Geraldine McCaughrean, and an auction of six of the original illustrations featured in the book by BBC One Bargain Hunt presenter Thomas Plant, which raised £755.
“There are times when we just need to get out of ourselves – when we’re ill, when we’re miserable, when we’re stuck in one place for too long… Reading is one way. So what better than to fill a book with a heap of different stories and pictures that transport you somewhere else and cheer you up? Above & Beyond is all about making people feel better.”
Don’t Be Scared can be bought online from Redcliffe Press, at Foyles in Bristol’s Cabot Circus and at the Above & Beyond Fundraising Hub inside Bristol Royal Infirmary. All profits will be donated to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Picture: Auctioneer Thomas Plant with Above & Beyond’s Helen Turton. Photo credit: Dee Robertson