Superhero Book to Make Hospital Visits less Scary for Children

05 October 2018

A Dad from the High Peak has written a children’s book and is selling copies to raise funds for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity and to provide free books to children on the wards.

Neil Gill’s ‘Superhero Hospital’ is a fun, rhyming children’s book created to help patients and their families feel a little less scared about arriving in hospital. In the book, a cast of poorly superheroes encourages the reader to think about their own real-life super powers and imagine how they can use them to stay positive during their stay in hospital.

Neil, a graphic designer and copywriter, teamed up with illustrator Kelly Lewis to bring the characters and story to life in the brightest, most silly way possible.

Neil comments: “Going into hospital can be really scary - especially for young children. This project was inspired by the remarkable bravery of young patients and families on the wards. They are real life superheroes and the book is dedicated to them. If my book can put a smile on just one child’s face in the hospital who is going through a tough time, it will be totally worthwhile.”

To launch the new book, patients at the hospital were treated to a special story-time session by TV Actress Cath Tyldesely. A long-term supporter of the hospital, Cath surprised children on Ward 84, the oncology and haematology ward at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to give the very first reading of the book to patients.

Books are priced at £10 with the price covering printing costs to give a free copy to a child on the wards at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. There are over 300 beds in the hospital with new children admitted every day. Any surplus funds made through the book will go towards Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, supporting more poorly children treated in the hospital.

Neil adds: “My goal is for every child treated in the hospital to receive a copy of the book. The hospital's therapeutic play team are on-board to help distribute the books to children and families on the wards, we just need the orders to start rolling in!”

Angela Rowe, Community Fundraising Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity added:

“The book is a wonderful fundraising initiative and we are very grateful to Neil for his extensive efforts to bring this book to life. It has been a real labour of love and we very much hope that our supporters will get behind the project and purchase one of the books. From the reactions I’ve seen so far, I know the children will love Neil’s book and will help boost positivity during challenging hospital stays.”

To purchase a copy of Neil’s book, please visit: www.indiegogo.com/projects/superhero-hospital-a-book-for-kids-in-hospital