Book to inspire others with disabilities

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 14 March 2014 Updated: 14/03 10:47

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Buy photos » Jo and Jess Hiles have produced a book together about the experience of living with disabilities. (s)

SUPPORTERS are needed to help a Redditch resident publish a book to inspire others living with disabilities.

Jess The Goth Fairy was inspired by drawings Jess Hiles has done over the years, turned into a story by her mother Jo.

The pair now need £6,000 funding - and have already had more than £2,500 pledged - to publish the book, after which Jess hopes to visit schools and organisations to talk about the story and her life.

Jo said: "We want to tell everyone that though at times it is very challenging and hard to be disabled, it is okay and it is okay to be different as we are all the same inside.

"We want to get the message out that people with disabilities can achieve so much and have a lot to offer to the world."

While looking through cartoons Jess had drawn, Jo had the idea of using them as a basis for a story about a fairy. Jess also wanted to put her friends into the book, so creatures were chosen for each of them.

"Jess wanted everyone to be in the first story and also tell how it has been for her during her life coping with disabilities, so we are hoping to introduce her friends over a series of books.

"Jess wanted to try and put across her feelings about what happens to her, such as being stared at or not being able to do things that most able people can, and that she just wants to be treated the same as everybody else so we hope that is what comes across in the stories."

Visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/59880856/jess-the-goth-fairy for more information or to donate.

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