The buyer can select the name, gender and skin tone of the child at the heart of the story, making it a truly unique gift. Whether the book is bought for a son or daughter, a grandchild, niece or nephew – the little loved one will be thrilled to flick through the pages and see themselves at the centre of the story.
Rory comments: ‘I wrote the story with my own daughters in mind, so I was thrilled to see Emma Bunton tweet a picture of her children’s copies of The Big Christmas Rescue, saying that she loved the books.’ To view Emma’s tweet, click here.
Children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis visited the RNLI’s Tower lifeboat station in London to do a special reading on film, which is available to view on the charity’s YouTube channel. To view the film click here.
Chris Jarvis, who co-presents the hit CBeebies programme Show Me Show Me, said: ‘The Big Christmas Rescue is a beautiful book and a great read – it’s the perfect gift for children this Christmas. I love the way the book can be personalised, putting readers at the heart of the story.’
Rory Stamp, 37, is editor of the RNLI’s Lifeboat magazine and he wrote this festive story largely in his own time. Based at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset, he has written many stories of heroism and drama over the 10 years he’s worked for the lifesaving charity.
‘I wrote the story in the build up to Christmas 2013 and was able to try it out on the most honest and beautiful critics I could possibly have found, my daughters Lucie and Hattie. It is wonderful to see this book being well-loved by other people’s children, introducing them to the RNLI as well as raising money to help keep volunteer lifeboat crews equipped, trained and safe,’ said Rory.
The book is priced at £9.95 and is available to order online at RNLISHOP.org/BigRescue. The last order date for The Big Christmas Rescue to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Monday 15 December 2014.
RNLI lifeboat crews launched 122 times across the UK and Ireland during last year’s festive period*, rescuing 62 people and saving five lives – with six launches taking place on Christmas day.
Notes to editors
• Rory Stamp, the book’s author is available for media interviews. To request an interview, please contact Luke Blissett, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663184 or email Luke_Blissett@rnli.org.uk
• *The festive period referred to was from 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014 for lifeboat stations in England, Wales and Ireland and to 2 January 2014 for stations in Scotland.
RNLI media contacts
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