Student illustrates world's first personalised children's book on dementia

Issue date: 24 August 2017

Daisy Wilson, an illustration student from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has teamed up with social enterprise The Ally Bally Bee Project to illustrate the world's first and only personalised children's book about dementia. ​

The Ally Bally Bee Project – run by an Edinburgh-based family alongside Swedish author Elvira Ashby – aims to ease distress for children and families affected by dementia while also raising money for dementia charities such as Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, Alzheimer Scotland and other national and international organisations.

After raising more than £10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, the book is now available to buy online. It has also been shortlisted for Scotland's Social Enterprise Awards which will take place in the Scottish Parliament in November.

Matthew Adams, the project's founder, said: “When I came across Daisy's illustrations on Instagram I was blown away and I was so happy when she agreed to work on the project. Her contribution to the project has taken the book to another level and our customers love her beautiful style of drawing.”

Daisy, 19, said: “Working on the project has been such an amazing experience – it challenged me on a professional level but also an emotional one. My grandma, who had dementia, passed away while the book was being developed so it gave the project a whole new meaning to me.

“I hope the book can help children all around the world understand a loved one's dementia and I look forward to the possibility of it being translated into other languages!”

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