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Community News & Views | Julia Donaldson

FAMOUS children’s author Julia Donaldson staged a unique storytelling experience at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice near Arundel.


Julia and her husband, Malcolm, are patrons of the hospice for 2018, and treated a group of 20 children and family members to  the memorable moments in the hospice’s woodland walk.


The talented pair recreated three family favourites – The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, and Superworm – using promenade theatre to involve the children and make the most of the natural woodland setting, pictured below.


Some children and members of the hospice team also enjoyed the chance to play different characters featured in the stories.


As well as storytelling, children were also encouraged to immerse themselves in Julia’s stories with a themed activity organised by Chestnut Tree House’s activities co-ordinator, Estee Radford.


Children were asked to use their imagination and create and name their own monster to show to Julia. Before leaving the hospice, Julia signed autographs and wrote messages to the children, giving each of them one of her books.


One of the children, Fia, presented Julia and Malcolm with a special Gruffalo card, which was made by those involved with the hospice to say thank you.


Juliette MacPherson, fundraising development manager at the hospice, said: “Julia and Malcolm’s visit provided a truly magical afternoon for the children and families, and it was lovely to see so many smiles.


“Everyone loved the experience and really felt like they were involved in something special. Moments are precious to all of us, but even more so when you have a child with a life-shortening condition.”


The hospice provides care and support to about 300 children.

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