A Children’s Book Dedicated to William

Me and my boy xx

Me and my boy xx

Well, these last few weeks, months have not only been extremely hard to deal with emotionally, with so many investigations taking place, and the conclusion of those next week, I have been trying to focus on fundraising.

Well I am working with Ron Taylor who is a director, writer and editor, and used to work with the BBC and Channel 4, to create an eBook of children’s illustrations in William’s memory. The eBook will be available on iBook, Amazon etc and we hope to have it published in January. The ISBN number has been registered so it is official!!

A little about the book

The book will be made up of 50 illustrations all donated by 50 wonderful and well-known illustrators such as Patrick Brooks, Paula Shapland and Nick Sharratt (Nick created the Tracy Beaker illustrations), you can find the full list here. All coming together to create an interactive eBook of colourful images for children under 9. Each page will have an interactive balloon (William’s favourite), the reward for finding each balloon will be perhaps farmyard animal noises, a train noise, and on one special balloon, a video of William. Also included will be photos of William and a foreword written by me. All of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the UK Sepsis Trust. Ron Daniels CEO of the Sepsis Trust will also be writing an introduction to the book, and how it has come about.

The book of course will be dedicated to William, and made in his memory. The book will cost only 99p with all proceeds being donated to the UK Sepsis Trust. I really hope that all of you will buy a copy or two and for only 99p who can argue!!

You can visit a preview of the book by clicking on this link.

You all know that on the 27th November it will be William’s second birthday, we could not let it pass without organising something special for our precious little boy. We decided, as William’s favourite toy to play with was balloons we would hold a balloon release, the balloons and all material will of course be biodegradable. Well, we set up a Facebook Page to invite our friends and family and well, we’ve had so much interest, we are now holding it in a public park, with a raffle and auction too!! If you would like to come along to William’s birthday balloon release it will be held on Saturday 28th November in Boscawen Park, Truro, Cornwall, at 1pm. I know that there are so many of you that live all around the world, but if you would like to be involved, we would love for you to release a balloon or 2 for William on his birthday and send us a photo. We are asking a minimum of £1 per balloon with all proceeds going to the UK Sepsis Trust via William’s Legacy Just Giving Page.

As there has been so much interest we decided to hold a raffle, and we have had some wonderful prizes donated from local businesses.

Not only have we had some wonderful prizes donated for the raffle, we’ve been given some substantial prizes for an auction too, these I will be starting in an online auction on my Facebook / Twitter accounts, where you will be able to post your highest bid. Prizes for the auction include:

  • Ipad Mini
  • Signed George Ford England Rugby Shirt (this must not be re-auctioned or sold on)
  • 1 night stay in the Executive Suite at The Alverton Manor Hotel, including dinner and breakfast.
  • Champagne afternoon tea for two at St Michael’s Hotel, Falmouth
  • Limited edition high quality prints from Ayub, photographer from Amin Art, known for his nature and wildlife photography including images of David Attenborough, amongst others.

The money we have raised so far has included a bake sale from the office team at Standard Life, raising £420, a figure that will be matched by Standard Life! Worldwide Financial Planning (where I work) will be match funding up to £1,000. Along with the raffle, auction and donations for balloons we hope to raise a significant sum for the UK Sepsis Trust, all part of William’s Legacy.

We really hope you are able to support us on the day, but if you’re not, we’d love to send you some balloons for a donation for William’s birthday, and of course if you are not able to make it, you can join in the online auction, and buy William’s children’s eBook when it is released in the New Year.

If there is anyone out there, that would like to donate any raffle or auction prizes they would be gratefully received, or anyone that would like to match fund what we raise, please get in touch.

And, thank you, so far including gift aid, over £7,700 has been raised in William’s memory.



2 thoughts on “A Children’s Book Dedicated to William

  1. Hi Melissa, I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend Boscawen Park on the 28th November as I am away in Somerset for my grandsons birthday. But, I would like to offer for your Auction or Raffle a, PADI Diving Course. Any other time I would definatly be there as I admire your courage and determination and would love to support your cause for your precious little lad. Your Mum and Dad are so proud of you xxx


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