While most people would probably look in disgust at a stranger’s foot protruding into their face, Flo the (friendly) Toe Monster eyes them up eagerly. But she’s not going to eat them up; she keeps them warm and toasty while children sleep in their beds.
Flo the Toe Monster is the imagination of Sheffield woman, Hayley Godbehere, who has written her first bedtime story to help support the efforts of The Children’s Hospital Charity.
The ten-minute story, aimed at four to ten-year-olds, tells the tale of Flo who lives in the cold north where children play with polar bears and narwhals. A short and stumpy monster, with purple skin and green hair, the strangest thing about Flo is she doesn’t have any toes. She hides under children’s fur-covered beds ready for them to go to sleep when she comes out to marvel at their wonderous feet.
Hayley works for Thornbridge Outdoors in the Peak District which provides educational residential trips for primary school children. Due to the Covid pandemic, she has spent months furloughed from her role and so looked at ways to productively spend her new-found free time.
“I haven’t written a bedtime story before, but I hope it’ll raise a few smiles this Christmastime along with some much-needed cash for the charity,” she says.
The eight-page A5 book has been printed by ASAP Digital and all profits after print costs are covered will go directly to The Children’s Hospital Charity which needs support more than ever this year.
Throughout the pandemic, the hospital has continued to provide expert care for poorly children and young people; they have doubled their capacity for emergency surgery during 2020. Fundraising and donations helps to ensure the hospital and its staff have the best equipment and environment needed right now and once this crisis is over.
The recommended donation for Hayley’s bedtime story is just £5; a great stocking filler for children this Christmas with an added message to think of those in need during these tough times.
You can donate here where you’ll find instructions on how to receive your new book. Hayley will also be out delivering copies locally in Sheffield from Friday 11th December. Copies will also be available at selected places in S11 such as Gilmours Coffee on Greystones Road, the Rustlings Pantry on Rustlings Road, and Endcliffe Park Cafe.