Local author of 'The Beechwood Mice' raising money for children with cerebal palsy.
Jan Bates, who wrote “The Beechwood Mice”, and Dany Griffiths, who illustrated the book, have been friends for a long time. When Jan wrote the book she asked Dany to illustrate it and they decided that this joint project could be a means of raising money to benefit children with cerebral palsy.
Since both the friends had sons with the condition, they were acutely aware of the importance of physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy in aiding the development of children with this disorder. Cerebral palsy is the name given to a group of neurological conditions that result from damage to the brain occurring during, before or in the first two years after birth.
In Wales, the Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre in Cardiff provides specialist therapy for children with cerebral palsy, and monies raised from the sale of the book are donated to this unique charity. For more information on the centre, look on their website – www.bobathwales.org.
Set in our local beech wood in Llangattock, the story of “The Beechwood Mice” tells of Septimus and his family’s exciting adventure when they leave their home in the Beechwood for a holiday in a house belonging to a human family. Suitable for children aged 3-8.