Partnership with Simpsons Special Care Babies
I thought I would to tell you a little bit about my recent collaboration with Simpsons Special Care Babies. They are a really wonderful charity that support the staff and parents at the Simpson Neonatal Unit in Edinburgh - helping families through what can be an incredibly difficult period in their lives.
Last year they asked if I might be able to provide illustrations to update the various support materials they provide. I was more than happy to help and it has been wonderful to see the results - especially the lovely 'A Helping Hand' booklet, which provides help and advice for parents with babies in the unit and helpful tips from others who have shared the same experience. This is such an important resource for parents going through the unimaginable and I am so pleased I was able to contribute.
One of my favourite things about this charity is the emphasis they place on reading to babies who are in the neonatal unit. It can be difficult to hold a newborn baby while they are under special care in the NICU, but reading is something that is a calming, bonding experience for both parent and baby under such difficult circumstances.
To support in this, I was delighted to introduce the SSCB charity to my other charity partner, Read for Good who provide books for children in hospitals throughout the UK. Their work in Edinburgh had previously been focused to Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children but once I was able to let them know about the need for books at Simpsons, they were able to provide a delivery of books especially for the Neonatal Unit. I hope they bring much needed solace and comfort.
Read more about my works with SSCB here.