Lucy Owen's first children's book is published in aid of Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity

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Lucy Owen's first children's book is published in aid of Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity - 07 November 2016

A familiar face on BBC Wales, Lucy is also an Ambassador for the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity and all royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to the charity.

Children from the hospital will be invited to celebrate the launch of the new book and enjoy a storytelling session with Lucy and husband Rhodri Owen, whose Welsh adaptation of the book,  Bw-a-bog yn y Parc , will also be launched on the same day.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity Director Suzanne Mainwaring says,

"Lucy is such an incredible advocate of the Noah's Ark Charity and we're hugely thankful to her for choosing us as the beneficiary of her first book. Reading and telling stories is a central part of every childhood and as a charity that has children at the heart of everything it does, this seems like the perfect fit."

"We hope that families for generations to come will enjoy hearing the story of Tom and his monster, just as many will benefit from the proceeds it helps to raise."

Boo-a-bog in the Park  is a wonderful, reassuring, rhyming story about a little boy called Tom who finds it difficult to make new friends.

When asked what inspired her to write the book, Lucy explains that,

"This story is about a little boy getting through a difficult time. But with the help of his imaginary monster friend Boo-a-bog, Tom finds his strength. For me, the theme of the story felt like a lovely fit with the Noah's Ark Charity. It would be wonderful if the book helps raise money for this very special facility we have for children in Wales."

The heart-warming story is beautifully complemented by Andy Catling's illustrations and has already gained praise from some well-known personalities including Wales Football Team Manager Chris Coleman who said,

"A delightful, rhyming story with excellent imagery which I'm really looking forward to reading with my children."

Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys also enjoyed the story and the positive message it conveys, 

"This is a beautiful song of hope for the Tom in all of us… If only there WERE Boo-a-Bogs in adult life too. Lucy's obvious flair and talent for rhyme lets this poem of hope fly."

Boo-a-bog in the Park  is available from all good bookshops and online retailers.

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