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Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity fulfil young author’s wish to have story turned in to a book

A seriously ill ten-year-old, from Northamptonshire, has had her greatest wish granted to have her very own book published and even held an exclusive book signing at W H Smith, Rushden, thanks to Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.

Scarlett, from Higham Ferrers, is currently living with the side effects of a severe bout of Pneumonia and subsequent chest infections, meaning she has had to spend a lengthy amount of time in hospital. Due to her illness, the young girl has needed ten surgeries and has suffered from multiple infections. Despite what she has been through, Scarlett has remained brave and positive throughout. She is a creative and very bright young girl who loves to learn and write.

To make her greatest wish come true, Rays of Sunshine organised for Scarlett to have her book, “The Red Shoes”, that was written by herself, published just like a real author. The original story tells of a young girl, Lucy, who is surprised by her beloved Grandfather with many fantastic presents, including a shiny new pair of scarlet shoes. The shoes lead the young girl on a magical adventure that she, nor the readers, will never forget. Following publication, Scarlet was even given the opportunity to hold a book signing at her local WH Smith in Rushden, where she was made to feel like a famous writer. Her wish gave the ten-year-old the chance to feed truly special and to create some unforgettable memories.

After her wish, Scarlett’s mother, commented:

Scarlett had such a lovely time on her wish. We are so proud of Scarlett for writing her own story, forming the characters and creating the plot. Thank you Rays of Sunshine for organising a fantastic day.”