The world’s first personalised children’s book about dementia is now available to buy online.
It has been created by social enterprise The Ally Bally Bee Project and aims to ease distress for children and families affected by dementia.
The initiative is also raising money for dementia charities such as Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer’s Society and other national and international organisations.
The Ally Bally Bee Project is run by the Matthew Adams, Nina Aikas and wee Lana, an Edinburgh family who raised more than £10,000 through a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year.
Founder Matthew Adams explained: “The idea of creating a personalised children’s book about dementia came to me about two years ago. Nina’s grandmother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and I recall one evening, sitting around the table with the family, discussing the way her gran had been acting and the things she had been saying.
“It was tricky enough for us adults to make sense of – so how would a child make sense of it? It got me thinking: how would I explain granny’s dementia to my daughter?”
Imagine explaining Granny’s dementia to your child, with a book where both Granny and your child feature as the main characters. From names to dementia-related behavioural traits, the end product is a beautifully illustrated, personalised book about the dementia in your family.
Matthew added: “Dementia affects every family differently – which is why we wanted to create a children’s book that was relevant to YOUR family’s situation.”
The team hopes to explore other difficult subjects for future books, such as mental health, autism and cancer.
The Ally Bally Bee Project has been shortlisted for the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017. The awards celebrate the amazing work of social enterprises throughout Scotland, with winners being announced at an awards ceremony in the Scottish Parliament in November.
Books can be ordered in hard copy or electronic format from the website at www.allyballybee.org