Lauren Davies, children’s author of brand new book, ‘Little Turtle Turns the Tide’, visited Naomi House yesterday, to give a special reading to the children and carers at the specialist hospice.
Lauren was born and raised in Winchester, so has been aware of Naomi House & Jacksplace for most of her life. This special visit was made possible after Lauren and her son won a prize in a raffle that Primark in Winchester were hosting for the hospice charity. After discovering how important reading, stories and imagination was at Naomi House & Jacksplace, Lauren offered to visit the hospices to read to the children and young adults.
The book, ‘Little Turtle Turns the Tide’, was written to inspire children and families to make a positive change to save our oceans. The story follows a turtle who is determined to find a resolution to the plastic problem in our oceans, and was written to encourage those who read it to do their bit to reduce their plastic usage.
Naomi House & Jacksplace is such an inspirational charity, and give so much to local children, young adults and families. I wanted to give something back, so decided to come in and give a reading of my brand new children’s book, ‘Little Turtle Turns the Tide’. It was so lovely seeing the children engage with the book, and I was honoured to find out that the Play Team have based this week’s activities all around turtles and saving the oceans! Thank you so much to everyone at the hospices for having me.
Connor Phillips, Fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace, added:
Little Turtle Turns the Tide is such a special book, and for Lauren to come down to the hospices to share this with the children and young adults makes it even more so. She kindly gave a signed copy to everyone who was at the reading, and also took the time to walk around the hospices and learn about the vital work that goes on here. Lauren even brought her mum in, who is a supporter of our charity, so it was a pleasure to see it runs in the family! We can’t thank her enough and hope to be able to work with her and the little turtle again soon!
Following the reading, the Play Team at the hospices, who are responsible for organising all of the activities for the children and young adults during their stay, have decided to create a sensory experience with the book, featuring mermaid tails and seaweed! Charity ambassador and volunteer, ‘Makaton Sue’, will also teach the children and young adults a few Makaton signs relating to the book.
To find out more about the book, click here
To find out more about Naomi House & Jacksplace, visit: www.naomihouse.org.uk