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Jigsaw (South East) welcomes the news that the team behind Nurse Ted books, which help to explain serious illnesses to children, has won a small business award to boost the books distribution to those in need.
The Nurse Ted series supports children’s understanding of what is happening to family members who are affected by serious illnesses such as cancer or brain tumours.
In its role supporting families facing the death of a loved one through serious illness, Jigsaw (South East) was involved in reviewing the first book in the series back in 2016 and fully supports their efforts to make this difficult subject more easily understood by children facing the loss of a loved one.
At the end of February, the series was selected as a winner of a Small Business Sunday award, set up by Theo Paphitis to recognise and support small businesses in the UK.
Children’s author and illustrator Dr Ffion Jones and Kerry Hyde, a community palliative care nurse specialist at Esher’s Princess Alice Hospice, produced the children’s picture book to help parents with a serious illness to explain their diagnosis and treatment to their children.
Ffion said: “We have been working hard over the past few years getting our books out to hospitals and schools around the UK so it is great to have support from Theo.
“Children understandably have lots of questions when faced with something like this. Nurse Ted helps to answer some of these questions in a reassuring way. Sometimes your first instinct is to shield children from the reality but keeping them informed in a way that is appropriate for their age helps to make the situation less frightening.”
There are currently two books in the series, explaining brain tumours and cancer but the duo are working on a title about what happens at the end of life and several other guides will follow over the next few years. The books can be purchased from here.