Gillian Seale is the founder of Community Interest Company, Tailored Yarn, which writes and illustrates children's legacy stories to preserve memories during bereavement. Now Gilian is working on a storytelling project to honour, celebrate and remember the lives of NHS workers who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gillian explains her inspiration and her aims for the project:
NHS Superheroes Book
The people of the UK have been amazed and in awe of our NHS staff, clapping them on a weekly basis. Simply put, every one of us is truly indebted for what they have done for us.
Having set up this business a year ago to preserve family memories through fictional stories, I am embarking on a time sensitive challenge to create unique NHS legacy books which would be an entirely charitable venture. These will capture and preserve the memories and stories of our NHS frontline workers for their children in depth and detail that has not been attempted so far.
My heart is breaking for the grieving families and staff who have lost their colleagues. Numbers of deaths reported are almost overwhelming at times.
It occurred to me recently, that my vision of compiling favourite stories, achievements and amusing anecdotes of children's ones might offer a unique way of capturing and cherishing this information. This is something which strange circumstances have prevented families and friends from doing properly. They have not been able to meet at the pub to raise a glass or even attend funerals during lockdown.
Our Health Secretary Matt Hancock, during one of his COBRA briefings made the comment that we are trying to identify an appropriate way to remember and celebrate these individuals. This really struck a chord with me, as exactly what my work at Tailored Yarn is all about. I feel that creating a book in honour of NHS Frontline Workers' service, is a great way to celebrate their lives and a project that the people of the UK could all contribute to in order to show their appreciation.
These books will preserve memories by capturing the NHS staff names, the depth of their service and compassion, the voices of the people they saved, and their NHS story in order to celebrate their lives, and use their names to inspire the children of the future.
The aim is to create two books:
- a non-fiction book to capture real life stories, the motivations of these individuals, the personal perspectives from family and staff, and, the patients they have saved.
- a fictional book to inspire the young (5-10 year olds), using the roles and jobs of NHS staff. Set in a fictional story setting to celebrate service within the NHS it will use a combination of facts around actions of our NHS frontline workers to create an inspiring story for children.
Both books celebrate the lives of our late NHS workers on the frontline. These NHS staff deserve recognition. It is a perfect way for the people of the
UK to feel proud and take a moment to truly understand, appreciate and show their respects to these individuals and their journeys. Every affected family and hospital across the UK will be offered a copy of this book as a poignant memory of their relative or colleague.
The names of these NHS staff will be included in the book as a point of factual reference within each chapter being a mini-story itself.
If you would like to sign up to receive a notification when this superhero project is completed so that you can receive a free copy then please get in touch at https://tailoredyarn.wordpress.com/ or you can donate to the project at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nhs-heros-books?utm_term=y9RQPxKmr.