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Stories that help shine a light and make hospital a happier place for children.

17 November 2020

The Commissioner of Irish Lights has  today launched The Lighthouse Storybook, a collection of stories written by children as part of the Young Storykeepers Project.*  All proceeds from the sale of The Lighthouse Storybook directly support the work of Children in Hospital Ireland and the Northern Ireland Hospice. 

Commenting on the launch, Yvonne Shields O’Connor, Chief Executive of Commissioners of Irish Lights said, “I love this wonderful storybook, which is a selection from many original stories, poems and illustrations that were submitted by young writers aged 7–12 years from every corner of the island of Ireland and beyond   For hundreds of years, lighthouses have kept seafarers safe, helping them find their way with a guiding light and safe journey so it is right that we support this wonderful organisation who help children navigate through their time in hospital.”

All proceeds from the sale of The Lighthouse Storybook will support the excellent work of two charities: Children in Hospital Ireland (www.childreninhospital.ie), a non-profit organisation committed to promoting and ensuring the welfare of all children in hospital and Northern Ireland Hospice.

Anna Gunning, CEO Children in Hospital Ireland said “We were thrilled when Irish Lights approached us with this fantastic initiative. This is a book produced by children for children, to brighten up some of the darkest days.  It is a really beautiful publication, and we feel one that will have broad appeal as a Christmas gift.”

“To be included in this amazing piece of work is an absolute honour. We know first-hand how children’s imaginations can change reality into a wonderful fantasy that can lift the spirit. This storybook is the ideal way to capture this creativity. These stories entertain, while gently reminding us that all children need a safe haven, which is something we provide every day for our children and their families. This storybook is the perfect way to begin the festive period and I hope it brings joy to families this Christmas.” Heather Weir – Chief Executive – Northern Ireland Hospice.

* The Young Storykeepers programme, developed by The Commissioners of Irish Lights’ (Irish Lights) through its tourism and  community partnership, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, and creative writing organisation Fighting Words invited  7 – 12 year old children to create an original story inspired by lighthouses. The project was funded and supported by Creative Ireland to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg last summer.    Over  1250 wonderful stories are captured and showcased in a series of digital magazines volumes 1 – 5  which can be enjoyed at  www.greatlighthouses.com and www.fightingwords.ie

To purchase the book, please visit: https://www.childreninhospital.ie/lighthouse_orderform/