he is a duke Cambridge wrote a preface to a children’s book that helps young firefighters cope with the fear of the dangers their loved ones face.
Avril MacDonald’s illustrated tale “The Wolf Did Not Sleep” will be published on May 4, and it can be ordered free of charge at the charity firefighters members of the UK fire service community.
This tells the story of a wolf who has difficulty sleeping because his father is a firefighter.
William wrote: “This book is about you, the children of fire families and the adults you love.
“It’s for you when you can feel fear or worry about them.
“Be proud of the important role your family plays in protecting us all from trouble and harm.”
The Duke, who was an ambulance pilot, has long advocated that supporting the mental health of emergency workers be a priority.
He visited the Chadli Fire Charitable Center, Devon in 2019.
Dr Jill Tolfrey, the charity’s executive director, said: “While children often see the heroic work of firefighters to save lives – whether supporting someone on the phone from the control center or at the scene of an accident or fire – it can be alarming and worrying those children whose family members leave home every day to face unknown dangers.
“This story and the resources that accompany it will help adults share the pride they feel for their work with young people in their lives, and open conversations with them about children’s worries and anxieties.”
The book contains a help letter and details of a special page of the website with tips and hints on questions that families can use while reading together.
The idea came from New Zealand firefighter and father Chris Kenneth.
More information can be found at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/wolf.