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Author's book gift to children at CPFT’s Croft unit

Amanda Benneyworth donates copies of debut tale to team at specialist ward for young people

Author's book gift to children at CPFT’s Croft unit
11 December 2018

Author Amanda Benneyworth has donated copies of her debut book to young people and their families at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

She presented 10 copies of The Magic Christmas Key to staff at the Croft Child and Family Unit which is based at Fulbourn in Cambridge.

The book, which was inspired by Amanda’s two young sons, tells the story of how Father Christmas leaves presents for children when the homes they live in don’t have chimneys.

Amanda said: “I’m delighted to give the book to the young people at the Croft, and I hope they and their parents will enjoy reading it together.

“It’s my first book, it’s obviously very appropriate for this time of year, and I hope they get a lot of pleasure from it.”

Dr Vicki Richer, clinical psychologist at the Croft, said: “A lot of our young people who come in aren’t confident with reading, so to have book they can read with an adult is great.

"The book is brilliant, with lots of fantastic pictures, and we think the children will really connect with it. It’s a lovely gift from Amanda.”

The Croft Child and Family Unit is a residential centre for children with mental health conditions. The team provides intensive assessment and treatment for children and also work with their parents to develop their parenting skills.

Amanda, who lives in Northamptonshire, decided to donate copies of her book to the Croft after finding out about its work through her father-in-law, Brian, a non-executive director at the Trust.

During the presentation, he also gave staff with a real-life version of the magic key mentioned in the book.

Brian said: “When I joined the Trust I was given a tour of a number of different services CPFT provides and the Croft really stands out for its remarkable work with children and families.

“I hope the young people get as much joy out of Amanda’s book as our family and friends have.”

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services for children and adults, and community physical health services for older people and those with long-term conditions.

Pictured above: Amanda Benneyworth (front row, centre) presents copies of her debut book to Dr Vicki Richer and colleagues at the Croft Child and Family Unit. Her father-in-law Brian has given staff a replica of the special key mentioned in the book.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

 

 

 

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