Our work in Royal Free Hospital, London

Our service here launched in 2013, providing children of all ages with brand new books to take their mind off the stresses and strains of being in hospital.

The Royal Free Hospital enjoys regular visits from our storyteller Jen, who actually describes herself as a story collector rather than a storyteller! Jen encourages children to tell their own stories, and captures them on an iPad; it’s remarkable how this process can encourage even the most reluctant child to chat away and express their feelings through the story.

Jen works at The Hive which is a new, non-medical setting for ‘Emotionally Based School Refusers’; the Eating Disorders unit is based at another setting half a mile in the opposite direction. It’s so important that children and young people suffering from all sorts of conditions have access to the best quality books – they can really help them make sense of our complicated world.

“Thank you so much – you are doing a fantastic job! My little boy laughed and smiled when we read a funny story and forgot what a hard week he has had at hospital.”

Parent of 5-year-old patient, Royal Free Hospital