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Tracy Beaker comes alive at CHASE

Author: CHASE hospice care for children Published: 2nd December 2009 16:59

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, brought Tracey Beaker to life for young people at the CHASE children's hospice this week (October 27).

She went along to read some of her stories as a half term treat.

The celebrated former Children's Laureate Dame Jacqueline, who has sold more than 20 million books in 30 languages was bombarded with questions by eager fans.

The children and young people wanted to know:

how she began her writing career,
how she decided on the names of characters in her books,
and lots more.
The atmosphere was buzzing and Dame Jacqueline didn't flinch at any of the questions.

Dame Jacqueline said afterwards: "It was so lovely to see the children and really touching to see how loving all the children are together with their families."

"It is always an absolute pleasure for me to go to Christopher's as it is such a happy place and to be able to add to their enjoyment by reading from my books and talking with them is just wonderful"

"I hope that I will be able to do so again soon."

During the visit Dame Jacqueline explained to the children that she needed a name for her new kitten, and they were not short of suggestions for her.

She told Jarvis (11 ½) that she liked his name and might think about naming the kitten after him.

The result: Happy memories for families supported by CHASE
Jarvis was there with his sister Brodie (13 ½), younger sister Isla (one) and their mother Suzanne Adams from Coulsdon.

Suzanne said: "I loved the way Dame Jacqueline involved all the children."

"I asked her if she would come directly in front of Brodie so that Brodie could see her and she was very happy to do so. She told Brodie she loved her hair, her lovely curls."
"Brodie cannot speak but she was listening to the stories - I can tell when she is enjoying something - she understands everything and is a big Tracy Beaker fan."

CHASE Deputy CEO Bridget Turner said: "It was just wonderful to see the children's faces as Jacqueline shared and adapted her stories for her very special audience, so they felt a real part of the scenes she was telling."
"We are so grateful to Jacqueline for yet again giving up her time to create a very memorable afternoon especially when such memories are vital to the families that CHASE support."



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