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Illustrations set to help terminally-ill children

Malvern Editorial 7th Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A TALENTED Malvern illustrator is set to bring a smile to the faces of terminally-ill children across the UK with the publication of a new book.

Simon Morse has illustrated the new children’s book The Positively Pleasant Pirates which is expected to hit the shelves and online retailers at the end of the month with a portion of its profits going to children’s charity Ray of Sunshine.

The book will be the third in recent months to be published by Tia Publishing following the success of its previous titles The Adventures of Rocket Kid and Monster School.

The company was set up by tyre firm Treadsetters who decided they wanted to give something back to those in need of help in the UK. With each book published a portion of profits raised goes to the charity which provides terminally-ill children with opportunities such as meeting famous people or going on memorable trips.

The new book, written by Worcester author Greg Dobbins, tells the story of a group of pirates who instead of stealing adopt a polite approach for hunting treasure – with the aim of teaching children the importance of politeness.

Mr Morse said: “It is fantastically exciting to be publishing this new book and be part of a group of people who are so enthusiastic about entertaining children.

“The Rays of Sunshine charity do amazing work to help provide terminally ill children and their families with amazing memories which in many cases sadly outlive the children who have enjoyed them.

“To be able to help the charity and the children and families, who have to deal with very difficult and upsetting circumstances, feels immensely satisfying.”

Mr Morse is also set to start a tour of schools around the county to show children the art of writing and illustrating a book.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It will be great to spend time in the classroom and showing children the basic tips.”

The Positively Pleasant Pirates is out on sale from Saturday, November 30 and will be available on Tia Publishing’s website at, Amazon and other book retailers.

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