She may be a bestselling children’s author but Sue Hendra has been giving up her time to spread a little storytelling magic amongst the young patients at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. Sue visited poorly children at The Alex as part of Starlight Storytellers, a national venture that was launched in 2011 by Starlight and publisher Simon & Schuster.
A group of poorly young patients enjoyed readings from Barry the Fish with Fingers, Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell, and Sue’s latest Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat. They also had the chance to draw their own monsters and characters with Sue, who also illustrates her own books, and even make magic hats!
Sue was particularly keen to become involved in Starlight Storytellers as she suffered from Osteosarcoma, which is a form of bone cancer, as a child and spent a lot of time in hospital as a result. She says, “I remember very clearly how frustrating it was to be confined to a hospital bed when my friends were off having fun. I was often very scared and bored and I am so pleased that I have the opportunity to help poorly children in my local area to escape these feelings and simply have a bit of fun.”
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