To help celebrate its 25th anniversary, The Children’s Trust has rallied round a handful of celebs, authors, illustrators and poets to create a wonderful anthology of poems.
Top Gear’s Richard Hammond, GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly, Jacqueline Wilson and Vic Reeves have taken a trip down memory lane to recall their all time favourite childhood poems for the book The Walrus and the Carpenter and other favourite poems in aid of The Children’s Trust.
Also included in the book is a witty verse by 10-year-old Francesca Major, who won the national children’s competition for budding young writers.
The beautiful book cover takes inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s famous poem and has been illustrated by Quentin Blake. Also adding her support to the charity’s book is poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
“This lovely poetry book has been produced to celebrate our 25th anniversary year and absolutely sums up what The Children’s Trust is all about,” the director of fundraising and communications, Liz Haigh-Reeve told us. “Childhood is precious and we also ensure that no matter how severe the disability or how complex the child’s medical needs they can enjoy the normal fun activities of childhood. This book is full of fun. Some of the children at the Trust have enjoyed illustrating the poems.”
For each of the £4.99 books sold, £4.50 goes to The Children’s Trust charity, which provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health issues. It also provides a rehabilitation service for young ones with an acquired brain injury.
To find out more or to buy the book (for yourself or as a gift!), check out The Children’s Trust.