I first wrote about Ronald McDonald House Charities last year as part of their moments campaign. For those that don’t know, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is an independent Charity which aims to provide free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK, enabling families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.
This year their campaign involves story books as part of a wider campaign featuring the character of a child’s night light, to bring to life the comfort they provide for families and seriously ill children.
Supporters had a chance to name the character and provided 1000 suggestions; judges finally decided on Patch.
The campaign involves the release of a series of 10 story books featuring Patch, all available to download for free as pdfs from www.rmhc.org.uk/nightlight. The first four books are now live with all 10 being released by 29 October.
The first story about Patch and friends is set in Camberwell in South London. I love the fact that the story is set in a real city and the pictures are actually of real places in the city and have just been edited slightly to make them more colourful and appealing to the children.
The text is nice and simple for little children to read and understand and is in poetry form with words rhyming at the end of sentences.
The short stories also seem to have a moral behind them. In the first story it is about confronting your fear which is something that most children likely have to do when they go to hospital.
Bee loved looking at the pictures with me on the laptop and listening to the story, she is at that age now where she understands a lot more and the story was perfect for her.
Do pop over to http://www.rmhc.org.uk/nightlight and download the free stories. You also have the option to donate to the charity if you would like to.