Football hero helps unveil The Little Book of Big Smiles
A children's book to raise money for the Yorkhill Children's Foundation and the Beatson Oncology Centre has been unveiled today by one of its two co-authors, helped by former Rangers and England star Mark Hateley.
The Little Book of Big Smiles was co-written by Louise Miles and Michelle Smith when their children were being treated at Yorkhill's Schiehallion Unit. The proceeds from the 64-page book will be shared between the Yorkhill Children's Foundation and the Beatson Oncology Centre.
A collection of stories, jokes and anecdotes direct from young friends and neighbours of the two women, the book was unveiled this morning by Louise and her 5-year-old daughter Katy, with the help of the ex-Rangers footballer Mark Hateley.
Both authors are hopeful of raising money for the two organisations, as well as spreading some smiles! Louise Miles thinks the book may make an ideal stocking-filler: "The contributions the youngsters have made to The Little Book of Big Smiles are very, very funny. It does exactly what it says on the tin: it'll make you smile! It's for everybody, but one thing we did want to do was show other parents who may be in the same situation that there is hope".
Michelle Smith's daughter Chloë passed away earlier this year aged 5: "In a way, we were both just keen for something positive to come out of an awful situation and I think we will with this book. It was such good fun putting it together and so many of our friends and neighbours - young and old - helped us.
"And as important as it is to raise money for two fantastic causes, both Louise and I are actually just as keen to get people smiling!"
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