A local author 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 graphic designer Mike Condon, 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 premature 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 families’ appreciation, Mike, who is a Senior Graphic Designer at Nottingham College, 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.

The book is available to buy here, and people can find out more details on Facebook by searching for The Boy Who Lost His Burp.

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