THE young son of a local security supervisor has inspired the creation of a Christmas book which is now being used to support children in hospital over the festive period.

Frederick Thompson, from Hoyle Mill, has been doing creative writing on and off since he was at school, however was recently spurred to pursue his hobby once again.

With the birth of his son six months ago at Barnsley Hospital, Frederick realised how much he would love to be able to read his own stories to his son and picked up his pen and paper once more.

Frederick, who has worked at Barnsley Hospital for nine years, said: “I wanted to be able to read my own finished stories to Jacob and leave a lasting legacy of books for him to enjoy.”

After publishing his first book, ‘Campfire Chronicles’, in August 2023 he quickly followed it up with the Christmas tale ‘A Reindeer’s Wish’.

To support children spending this Christmas in hospital, Frederick is donating signed copies of the book to Barnsley Hospital Charity after being inspired by other supporters he’s seen.

Jane Mills, charity development manager, added: “Frederick is always on hand to support us in our work with the charity.

“It was a real surprise when he approached us with this donation and amazing that he has published these beautiful books that will put a smile on our little patients’ faces at Christmas time.”