A YOUNGSTER whose family have campaigned and raised more than £100,000 for life-altering surgery and support will star in a book series raising awareness of disabilities for kids.
But the first book starring five-year-old Louie George Wood, ‘Superstar Siblings’, is actually focussed on his big brother Jake.
Mum Jodie Morgan said siblings of children with disabilities – particularly complex cases such as Louie’s – can often be unintentionally overlooked due to the other child’s complex needs.
But Jake, ten, has been a model older brother to Louie and always supports the family’s fundraising activities.
Louie has cerebral palsy after being born prematurely at 28 weeks, weighing just 2lbs, and then suffered a bleed on the brain and several life-threatening conditions.
The Abilities in Me children’s book series, started by Gemma Keir in 2019, shines a spotlight on the lives of children with disabilities in an effort to educate fellow youngsters.
“It’s a feel-good read for people,” said Jodie, from Greenside, Mapplewell.
“Siblings do sometimes get overlooked but they have to put up with so much.
“Jake could’ve easily resented Louie because he does get a lot of attention.
“It’s a book that’s very much needed.”
Each book in the series looks at a different disability or topic, with Jodie initially getting in touch with Gemma for a book about cerebral palsy before Jake and Louie were chosen to be in ‘Superstar Siblings’.
Jodie adds: “She says they’re for three to 11-year-olds and they’re perfect in how she writes them.
“We’ve got some of the books which we’re taking around schools in the area.
“Parents like me are so scared of their children being excluded from things – it’s a cruel world and we do fear things will get said to them.
“It’s really daunting and it’s important we educate children from a younger age, but I do think kids are getting more aware.”