An author has written a beautiful book dedicated to the amazing work done by nurses around the world every day.
Kayla Woodfine penned Nurses Have Super Flower Powers, inspired by what her sister went through during the Covid pandemic – a time when many selfless NHS staff lost their lives while selflessly caring for others.
People are now invited to attend Kayla’s very first book sale and signing event at Silcock’s Pier Family Restaurant on the Promenade in Southport between 11am and 1pm on Saturday (18th November 2023).
The book, an illustrated poem, is suitable for children as well as people of all ages.
Illustrated by Reka Kadar, it highlights the similarity in how nurses and flowers are both there with us during happy times and sad.
We give flowers to new mothers, we give flowers on happy occasions, we give flowers when someone has loss or sadness, and in all those moments in between to warm our hearts.
Just like the flowers we give or receive during the best news or the saddest goodbyes, nurses are there with their super flower powers – caring, healing and comforting.
10% of author royalties from the book are being donated to the Liverpool Women’s Hospital NICU.
Kayla is touched that her book has been chosen to be available in the Royal College Of Nursing Library.
Kayla originally hails from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
After meeting her husband, John, while working on cruise ships, she moved to the UK. The couple has a son, Kai, and daughter, Serena.
Since high school Kayla has had a passion for writing short stories and poetry.
Unable to further her passion by going to university due to her father falling ill, she has finally found the courage to share her work.
She hopes to become a full-time author and share more wonderful stories with readers.
Nurses Have Super Flower Powers is available at outlets including Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith, Hive.co.uk and elsewhere.
Kayla said: “My book is dedicated to all of the nurses we have so sadly lost.
“My sister, Janine, works as a nurse in South Africa.
“Because of my sister, I have always been surrounded by nurses so I know the hardships they go through and the selflessness and courage they possess.
“I have seen how, all over the world, nurses were struggling during the Covid pandemic.
“I saw how much they sacrificed, how much time they spent away from their families, and how many of them were suffering with Covid or dying from Covid which they caught while caring for patients who needed their help.
“The book is aimed at children, but also adults, anyone who is or has been a nurse, anyone who is coping with bereavement.
“It is for anyone who takes care of anyone else.
“The book is available online, in the UK and across Europe as well.
“I was very moved when I heard the book had been given a place in the Royal College Of Nursing Library.
“A tenth of my royalties are going to the NICU at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
“Our little boy, Kai, was born there by emergency C-section. We nearly lost him. The team there saved him.
“Kai was born with a lack of oxygen to the brain but the support the medical staff gave him was incredible.
“You look at him now and you would never know what he went through!
“The work done by the Liverpool Women’s Hospital is just amazing.”
Kayla is looking forward to her first book signing taking place in Southport, where she knows many people.
She said: “I used to work in the Debenhams department store on Lord Street in Southport.
“I loved working there! I was devastated to have to leave when it closed. I miss my customers and my colleagues!
“I also enjoyed working at Silcock’s Funland in Southport, and am grateful to Serena Silcock-Price for hosting my book signing in the Silcock’s Pier Family Restaurant next door.
“I am looking forward to meeting people at the book signing.”