Partnering with the Council to gift books to looked after children

Local author Aaron Ashmore has partnered with Coventry City Council to gift copies of his book, ‘Lady Godiva's Birthday Suit’ to every child in the city who is living in care on their birthday.

‘Lady Godiva's Birthday Suit’ is a retelling of the famous story of Lady Godiva, who rode through the streets of Coventry naked to protest against her husband's harsh taxation of the city’s citizens, highlighting the importance of bravery and standing up for what is right.

Aaron said: "As a Coventry local, I am honoured to have the opportunity to give something back to the city that has given me so much. I hope that my book will bring some laughter and joy to the children in care and encourage them to keep reading and dreaming big."

Aaron will be teaming up with the Looked After Children service at Coventry City Council on the project, with every child in care being gifted a copy of the book as part of their social worker visit which takes place on their birthday.

Cllr Patricia Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: “It’s a wonderful gesture from Aaron and I know the children will love receiving such a great book on their birthday – especially one about their home city.

“It is a perfect example of the way we want to work with local people and organisations through our Child Friendly Cov campaign and give our children the best possible start in life.”

Matt Clayton, Strategic Lead, Looked After Children (Practice) at Coventry City Council, said: "We are delighted to be able to provide each of our looked after children with a copy of 'Lady Godiva's Birthday Suit' on their birthday.

“The book's message of bravery, inclusivity, and standing up for others is one that resonates with us, and we hope that the book will inspire and encourage the looked-after children in our care."

Aaron has released a range of books all about Coventry including ‘Coventry: The Phoenix City’ and ‘The Time Travelling Coventry Taxi’ which look to promote the history of the city to young people with over 7,000 copies being donated to Coventry primary schools to date.

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