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£1,037raised of £2,500 target by 65 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,500 to towards the design costs for a beautifully illustrated children's book which explains dying to children and families

Location
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Category
In memory

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Story

When we lost our 12-year-old daughter Abi in 2013, we were comforted by the story of the Waterbugs and Dragonflies. It's a old fable made famous by Doris Stickney. However, the book itself, while being published as cheaply as possible for wide distribution, isn't very engaging for children. It is a hopeful story explaining that death is a natural process and offers a spiritual insight into heaven, and I've always believed it could be presented beautifully to comfort families who have experienced loss.

I have adapted and modernised the fable and written a story around it that I want to get beautifully illustrated so it is colourful, light and a lasting treasure people can keep forever. I have teamed up with an amazing illustrator and plan to self-publish the book, but as a mum of four and with very little spare money I will struggle to do it without a bit of help to get me off the ground. I believe this book will be very successful and a valuable resource for individuals and charities.

What you get for your donation

A percentage of the profits will be donated to a children's bereavement charity.

Contributors receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Contributors also have the option to have their lost loved one's name included on the 'In Memory of...' page in the book. A book to honour all our little ones in heaven.

Anything you can contribute to this will be hugely appreciated, no matter how small. Every penny will be spent on the book. Illustration begins in December and publication is due in spring 2018.

(Note: if you would like the name of your lost loved one mentioned in the acknowledgements 'in memory of' section of the book please do add their name to your donation.)

Thank you
Kelly x
Chasing Dragonflies

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  • Kelly Owen1 day ago
    Kelly Owen

    Kelly Owen

    1 day ago

    It was such a lovely start to the week to receive the first spread of the book! I think you'll agree, the style is just perfect for a children's story about grieving. Thank you so much, for your donations, to help get this book into illustration! xxx

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  • Kelly Owen16 days ago
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    Kelly Owen

    16 days ago

    I have reduced my target from £5,000 to £2,500. I may well have help with printing the book and even possibly a publisher who can help with this and also my grief journal, so I would like to focus on the illustration and design costs with this money. Exciting times!

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65

  • Marie P

    Marie P

    Dec 8, 2017

    This is a wonderful initiative, and I'm sure it will bring comfort to many. I look forward to the finished product! With all good wishes x

  • Jamie Rose

    Jamie Rose

    Dec 1, 2017

    Kelly, Thinking of you and your family.Lots of love xxxx

    £10.00

  • Emma Butland

    Emma Butland

    Nov 26, 2017

    Lots of love from Em, Harry & Bea xxx

    £10.00

  • Carol Andrews

    Carol Andrews

    Nov 26, 2017

    Publication of your book will help families who are trying to make sense of grief. Xx

    £10.00

  • Deborah Roberts

    Deborah Roberts

    Nov 26, 2017

    Your blog is inspirational so I'm sure your book will be fabulous. Happy Birthday Abi. Please remember my daughter Lauren Kimberley Roberts on the memory page if it isn't too late X

    £10.00

  • Dionne Owen

    Dionne Owen

    Nov 26, 2017

    For Abi on her birthday. Love from Uncle Paul, Anuty Dee and your crazy cousins 💖

    £20.00

  • Louise Titley

    Louise Titley

    Nov 26, 2017

    With love. Xx

    £20.00

About the fundraiser
Kelly Owen

Kelly Owen

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom

In 2013, my world was shattered when I lost my eldest child, Abi, following a sudden brain haemorrhage. I turned to writing to express my emotions and all the ways grief has impacted my life. It has always been on my heart to write books to support other families.

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