Recent tragic events in the UK, both terrorist and accidental have pushed our emergency services to their limits at times. Whilst there is support available to them to come to terms with what they have been through, and witnessed, it is important to remember their families at home, having to witness these stories unfold, without knowing how it will impact on their loved ones.
As a group of firefighter's wives we were particularly concerned for the wellbeing of children, having to hear about these scary events, as well as dealing with daily dramas that come with having a parent in the emergency services, such as missed birthdays and special occasions.
We have put together a short story that helps children to understand they are not alone.
"...Some days it is tough to have someone you love working in the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. You might miss them. You might worry about them. But, if you are in the 999 family you are never alone."
We are currently working on illustrations for the book, drawn by children themselves, and intend to make the story available free of charge to schools and families across the country. It will be available as a pdf as soon as it is ready, with crowdfunding money used for a print run, initially of 1000, to give children a copy they can keep to revisit.
If we don't reach our target it will just mean a shorter print run