TAHIRA Junaid was inspired to write I Forgot, a children’s book about dementia, not only because three of her relatives suffered from it, but also, her one-year-old grandson, Eesa made her want to write for children.
The charity BlueSci, which assists people with emotional or psychological stress, helped her to gain partial funding from the NHS’s black and minority ethnic fund.
She has also received encouragement to write her self-published book from Trafford Carers’ Association.
Aimed at children aged six to 12, it helps them to understand the meaning of dementia while being not too serious so they don’t switch off.
Tahira said: “I wanted to write something for younger children. It is not easy for them to understand the problem. I hope my book will encourage them to be kind and empathise with forgetful relatives. I don’t want children to be scared about dementia.
“This is my first book which is why I am so nervous but, at the same time, excited.
“Dementia is not just about people ageing. It’s a condition people go through and they need a lot of love and support.”
Tahira, who has worked as a customer services officer at Altrincham Library for nine years, will launch her book there at 2 pm on December 3.
Light refreshments will be served and she will sign and read copies of her book out loud.
A £1 deduction in price from each book sold on the day will go to dementia charities.
To book, telephone 0161 912 5956.
• I Forgot costs £8.99 and is available from Amazon and Kindle.