A children’s book featuring the animals of the North Wexford SPCA has raised over €3000 for the charity in its first year of sale. Another print run of the book has been commissioned to meet demand in the run up to Christmas.
Written by Caroline Kidd, Wexford writer and journalist, and illustrated by Petra Curtis, While You Were Sleeping features a cast of shelter cats and dogs as they embark upon one night of adventure at Gorey’s NWSPCA animal welfare centre.
“Launching my first book in a pandemic was challenging,” says author Caroline. “But with the help of family, friends, and the wonderful fundraising team at the NWSPCA, we managed to get the book out to our fans, and nobody was left disappointed!”
This beautiful book is aimed at 6–9 year olds and aims to engage children with the work of the NWSPCA.
“The book has been a hit with young readers, but adults love it too! I’ve been really touched by the love and support While You Were Sleeping has received in its first year,” says Caroline.
Inspired by Caroline’s experience as a volunteer with the NWSPCA, the heart-warming story is brought to life through full colour illustrations and the antics of a few familiar characters.
“Our beautiful Tom and Charlotte, who were beloved residents and mascots for the charity, are lead characters in the story and While You Were Sleeping is a great tribute to them,” says Caroline. “The timeless quality of the story means that my book will continue to find its way to young readers for years to come, keeping Tom and Charlotte’s memory alive while raising valuable funds for the NWSPCA.”
The NWSPCA animal welfare charity was established in Gorey in 1947 and is managed by a team of volunteers who rescue and rehome hundreds of cats and dogs every year. All proceeds from the sale of While You Were Sleeping go to the NWSPCA to help save more animals at risk. The book was created at no cost to the charity.
Rebecca Coen, Fundraising Manager, North Wexford SPCA, said: “The huge success of the initial run of While You Were Sleeping was a lovely surprise and a tribute to the creativity and hard work of Caroline and Petra. The NWSPCA have had a busy 2021 with many cats and dogs needing our help regardless of the pandemic and sometimes in spite of it. Funds raised from the sales of While You Were Sleeping ensured that we could continue to help these cats and dogs. Our Handsome Tom and Beautiful Charlotte would wholeheartedly approve.”
While You Were Sleeping is on sale for €10 from the NWSPCA Charity Shop, Rafter Street, Gorey. It’s also available to buy online through the NWSPCA Facebook page.