Our work in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

We’ve been providing books and stories to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter since 2015 – to date we’ve given children here over 5,000 books.

Serving the needs of a wide area, much of which is rural, the hospital treats many children who have often travelled a long way. There’s every chance they haven’t arrived with a fully packed bag, so families can be relieved to find a wonderful array of books to help distract and comfort their child in a moment of crisis.

“I have just spent 2 nights in the RD&E children’s ward in Exeter with my 15-month old daughter and felt compelled to let you know what an amazing thing it was to find one of your bookcases filled to the brim with fab books!

It was an unplanned admission to hospital and therefore we didn’t have any of my daughter’s favourite things with her. It was a great thing to not only find the bookcase but for it to have her favourite book Dear Zoo in it. I read it to her whilst she was awake and she instantly recognised it. I have to admit that I read one of the young adult books too whilst Zoe was sleeping!

We’re back at home now and Zoe is much much better but I just wanted to write and say thank you. I have just made a donation to the charity – only a small one, but if it can buy another child their favourite book to have in hospital then that’s great and hopefully it’ll make another parent smile and feel happy (like it did with me).”

Mum of a young patient

Our highly experienced storyteller, Mike, thoroughly enjoys his visits to Devon, and he’ll often involve traditional tales from the South West to enthral children and their families. We always receive such lovely, warm feedback about Mike – he quickly builds a rapport, puts children at ease and, more often than not, has them roaring with laughter!

“Mike is absolutely FANTASTIC! He is so adaptable and at ease with the children. Even the reluctant teenagers join in (pretending not to!). His range of stories is great and often with a local theme. There is no predictability to his sessions which we think is wonderful. We are lucky to have Mike!”

Julia Allen, Hospital School Head Teacher

We couldn’t agree more!