Fly me stories is a social enterprise creating magical adventures for children who are unwell in hospital, hospices and at home. Stories can be an important form of distraction. Each of our special, illustrated stories takes them on an exciting adventure, away from their hospital bed. They travel to beautiful tropical islands and meet different characters, who need their help. Who will they meet on their adventure? It's their choice!
The Fly Me stories are empowering as the recipient becomes the hero, helping characters to solve problems. The stories are personalised too, including the child's name and age, so that the child feels extra special.
Author and illustrator Dr Ffion Jones founded Fly Me Stories in 2020. Since she was little she has always believed in the magical power of stories and, for her PhD, she studied how literature can have a therapeutic function, providing a voice for the silenced. When her father was in hospital for an extended period at the same time as her daughter, the idea for Fly Me Stories grew.
"The idea for Fly Me Stories was sparked whilst my dad was in one hospital and I was in another with my eldest daughter, who had pneumonia. Hospitals can make you feel anxious and powerless so I told stories as a form of comfort and distraction. Once we left the hospital, the idea wouldn't go away.
A few years later, whilst writing the Nurse Ted series, which explains serious illnesses to children, I learnt that researchers have found that the brain does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life. I found this really powerful. It meant that a child in hospital, hospice, or at home, who is unable to leave their bed or room, could read fiction and feel like they are flying away on a magical adventure."
This is the essence of Fly Me Stories!
The stories are now used UK-wide in hospitals, hospices and at home.
They are also available to buy (see shop) and each story purchased will help to fund one story for a child who is unwell.
In this video Ffion talks to Carolyn Williams about the magical power of stories.