Nottingham College Senior Graphic Designer, Mike Condon, and his family, visited Bassetlaw Hospital this week (16 December) to present staff with 100 copies of his new children’s book, the proceeds of which will be going to the Trust’s charity.
‘The Boy Who Lost His Burp’ tells the story of Charlie, a little boy with a great talent for burping, who suddenly finds himself in a bit of a jam when a very strange thing happens. Written and illustrated by Mike, the book is a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the care that he and his wife Kelly received, when their daughter, Willow, was born prematurely last year.
Born at just 33 weeks, Willow required assistance from the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) to help her breathe, as well as to undergo a blood transfusion and additional tests. Following a further three weeks of care and treatment, Mike and Kelly were finally able to take Willow home. Showing his and his family’s appreciation, Mike decided to put his considerable talents to use and created ‘The Boy Who Lost His Burp’, pledging to donate all profits from the book to the Trust’s charity, to be used for the benefit of the SCBU.
Mike, Kelly and Willow returned to the hospital to donate 100 books, all paid for by local businesses, as well as to meet clinicians and the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Joyce and Non-Executive Directors, Neil Rhodes, Pat Drake and Kath Smart.
Our first experience of the Special Care Baby Unit was at a very difficult time for us, but the staff did such an amazing job when Willow was poorly. It was lovely to take Willow back to visit now she’s doing so well, and to have the opportunity to give something back with the help of some local businesses.— Mike Condon
The Trust has pledged to deliver copies of ‘The Boy Who Lost His Burp’ to younger patients staying at the hospital in the run up to Christmas.
Rebecca Joyce, Chief Operating Officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “On behalf of the entire Trust, we want to thank Mike, Kelly and Willow for such a kind gesture. We are always appreciative of any donations to the Trust, but seeing the care, attention and skill which has gone into this book is extremely impressive and will make an excellent gift for our youngsters.”