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Redkite’s Book Club has over 80 books about cancer, on various topics for different age groups, that patients and families at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead can borrow for free and keep as long as they like. They can help people understand complex issues, begin conversations, and share experiences with relatives and friends.
Tess, whose son Hugh was treated for Wilms’ tumour, a form of childhood cancer, remembers how books sent by a social worker at Redkite helped.
“She said, tell me what his issue is,” said Tess. “I said for Hugh it was anger. And my other son who doesn’t have cancer is like, what about me? He’s feeling really isolated. And she said I’ve got this really good book and it is actually called What About Me? So books were sent to me by Redkite and it was awesome.”
“There were books that the children could identify with and Hugh would say, that’s me in hospital, and Jordan would say that’s me over there.”
Support staff at Redkite are happy to help with choosing books and different titles are available, to suit a variety of needs, in the following categories:
- For children facing cancer
- For brothers and sisters
- For teenagers and young adults
- For parents, grandparents and professionals
- Books on bereavement
Redkite can post books, free of charge, to families or Audrey Morisseau, Redkite’s Family Wellbeing Coordinator at The Cancer Centre for Children, can help borrow and return books at the Hospital. She is there Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and families are welcome to get in touch if they have any questions.
Browse books that are available on Redkite’s Book Club page on their website.
Contact Redkite on 1800 REDKITE (1800 733 548), or firstname.lastname@example.org, to order books.