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Wesleyan's new charity fundraising project is 'Unstoppable'!

A new children's book created to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital is to receive its first public reading in the city's Museum and Art Gallery.

'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee' is being published by Birmingham-based financial mutual Wesleyan, which is aiming to raise £750,000 for the hospital's Magnolia House Appeal. The book has been written by Moseley-based author Juliet Clare Bell and illustrated by Coventry artist Dave Gray.

The reading will take place during half term on Wednesday, 28 October in the new Mini Museum on Level 2 of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Juliet will be reading the book herself, while families can also be creative by using some of the illustrations from the book to make badges, colour in pictures and help make a giant, colourful collage.

The ideas for the story came from sessions Juliet held with poorly children at Birmingham Children's Hospital. The book tells the story of Maggie and her best friend Sol who are being treated in hospital, and use their imagination to go on an adventure outside to have fun in the garden.

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Unusually for a book like this, every penny from the £6 cover price will go to the Magnolia House Appeal, with Wesleyan covering the costs for publication and postage.

Liz McKenzie, Wesleyan's Chief Operating Officer and chair of its Charity Advisory Committee, said: "As part of our fundraising activity, we wanted to do something that would involve the children and have a long lasting impact that would be unique to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

"Juliet and Dave have done a fantastic job in bringing the children's ideas to life and have created something children will enjoy reading themselves and have being read to them."

Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children's Hospital, said: "To have a children's book written, illustrated and published specifically for us, with a story that was inspired by the children and the surroundings of the hospital is something very special and we can't wait for people to read it."

Wesleyan is Birmingham Children's Hospital largest corporate donor, and has supported the charity since 2013. Since then it has raised more than £250,000 for the hospital's Cancer Centre Appeal and is leading the £1 million campaign for Magnolia House, a purpose built facility in the grounds of the city centre hospital that will provide a haven for families after they have received very upsetting or life-changing news.

The Unstoppable Maggie McGee is available for pre-order at www.unstoppablemaggie.co.uk from 26 October, with copies available to buy from 11 November. For regular updates about the book and its characters 'like' the Facebook page www.facebook.com/unstoppablemaggie.

The free book readings will take place from 11am to 4pm on Wednesday, 28 October. More details can be found at www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/storybook-day-the-unstoppable-maggie-mcgee.


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