Highland Hospice mascot Bobby the Bee has been immortalised in a children’s book written by one of the charity’s volunteers, Jim Blyth and illustrated by Tanja Russita who is based in Sweden.
‘Bobby’s Run’ tells the story of how Bobby and fundraisers like him, helped to rebuild the organisation’s Inpatient Unit by taking part in challenges and events, gaining support and sponsorship from those around them.
The book is based on a real life event when the Hospice’s Chief Executive Officer Kenny Steele completed the Inverness Half Marathon in 2013 donning the friendly mascot outfit.
Its author Jim Blyth explains, “I have always been a keen writer and have recently worked on a number of children’s books with Tanja. Highland Hospice is a charity which is very close to my heart as I have volunteered with them for 5 years. I was delighted to be asked to write this book to help them raise vital funds.”
He added, “The character of Bobby the Bee is so likeable and now well known to children across the Highlands so I hope they will enjoy the story of him entering a race to help his beloved Hospice.”
Highland Hospice Fundraising Manager Amanda Burt said, “We are so grateful to Jim and Tanja for donating their time and writing skills to create this fantastic book. It is a lovely read and would make the perfect stocking filler for any child. All profits will go to Highland Hospice and enable us to deliver vital care to our patients and their loved ones at a difficult time.”
‘Bobby’s Run’ is now available priced £4.99 from all of Highland Hospice’s charity shops, its ‘By the River’ coffee shop in Inverness and online