Schools and groups across the UK are taking part in fundraising on Roald Dahl Story Day to help Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity establish more Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses, so we thought we’d ask some of our nurses and the children they support, what their favourite Roald Dahl story is and why?!
Angela Thompson (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - Transition, Barts Health): As a child I always loved The Twits… the practical jokes Mr & Mrs Twit played on each other always had me in hysterics. I also really love Esio Trot, which is a really lovely heart-warming story.
Lesley McCarthy (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse – Haemoglobinopathy, Oxford University Hospitals) - I love George’s Marvellous Medicine because of George’s ingenuity and mischievousness (naughtiness?) and the general descriptive writing.
Nikki Tuffin (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - non-malignant haematology, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital Trust) - Matilda is my all-time favourite Roald Dahl character. This is because I love the magic of the story and the determination and inspiration of Matilda that reminds me daily how the children I care for also have so much determination despite their condition.
Bethan Williams (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - Transition, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust) - I once played Aunt Spiker from James and the Giant Peach in a GCSE Drama Production at school so I will always be really fond of her!
Lisa Cutsey (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse – Neuromuscular Transition, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust) - What a difficult choice, there are so many to choose from…I would have to say the BFG. There are so many different reasons why I love him but the biggest reason of all is that he reminds me of my own grandpa! He represents what all grandpas should be (in my humble opinion of course) - kind, gentle, big and cuddly, protective, silly and wonderfully different. The BFG is the best of the old and young all rolled into one. Grandpas always encourage you to try and make your dreams come true, the BFG epitomises this!
Rebecca Case (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse – Epilepsy, Portsmouth NHS Trust) - As a child, I not only read Roald Dahl’s children’s books, but also all his adult novels and my favourite book was Boy so that makes my favourite character Roald Dahl himself, as the way he wrote and the way his mind worked resonated but if I were to choose a fictional character it would have to be Danny from Danny, the Champion of the World because he had a challenging life but he embraced the positives and helped others (in a unconventional way) – his outlook is something to aspire to (minus the poaching!).
Tracey Bloodworth, Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - Community Haematology Specialist Nurse, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital) - My favourite character is Willy Wonka as he is a unique whacky individual who underneath has a kind heart and can see the good in people
Clare Clark, Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - Paediatric Non-Malignant Haematology, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge) - My favourite Roald Dahl story is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love how the good boy wins overall. I love Charlie’s relationship with his Grandad. And of course, I love chocolate!
Katrina Cousins (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - Paediatric Neuromuscular, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge) – My favourite Roald Dahl story is Matilda. I absolutely loved this book as a child, and I wanted to have all the powers that Matilda had! I loved how her, and Miss Honey’s relationship developed through the book and how it ended for them. I used to listen to the Roald Dahl audiobooks in the car on long journeys when I was younger and I would always request Matilda, my sister would always want to listen to The Twits!
Natalie Baines (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - Epilepsy, Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford) - Danny the Champion of the World. I remember reading the book when I was about 7 or 8 years old and not being able to put it down. I must have read it over and over again. I felt that I was one of the characters in the book trying to capture the pheasants, I remember them soaking the raisins overnight and putting horse hairs into them, to try and help with catching them.
Stacey Ratcliff (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse – Epilepsy, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust) - George from George’s Marvellous Medicine is my favourite character. I also have a soft spot for The Twits, – as Roald Dahl’s descriptions of the characters are so vivid and humorous.
Zoya Dowd (Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse – Epilepsy, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge) - My favourite Roald Dahl story would have to be the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - I think all children love and remember the story. I think it captures a magical tale where it highlights that money can't buy you everything; rules are there for a reason; and good manners and respect are good qualities. Dreams can come true!!! The family ethos also an important quality.
Daniel, 11 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Epilepsy Nurse, Kirsten Johnson) - My favourite Roald Dahl story is Danny the Champion of the World. I like it because Danny gets to do lots of naughty things with his dad!
Lara, 10 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Nurse - SWAN – Syndromes Without A Name, Anna Jewitt) - My favourite Roald Dahl character is Matilda because she has the courage to not give up when things are hard.
Ollie, 7 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Epilepsy Nurse, Karen O’Neill) My favourite Roald Dahl character is Fantastic Mr Fox because he is really brave when he has to dig very fast and find a new home for his family and friends.
Rosie, 13 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Neuromuscular Nurse, Katrina Cousins) My favourite Roald Dahl story is The Witches as the kids are the heroes stopping the witches.
Tyrell, 14 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Haematology Nurse, Edith Aimiuwu) My favourite Roald Dahl story is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it was the first I read and why I started reading. Charlie is my favourite character.
Taye, 10 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Haematology Nurse, Edith Aimiuwu) My favourite Roald Dahl story and character is the BFG as this story makes you realise that you should never judge a book by its cover.
Zaris-Angel, 15 (supported by Roald Dahl Specialist Haematology Nurse, Edith Aimiuwu) My favourite Roald Dahl character is Matilda because she is so strong. She loves to read and she’s little like me and she taught me a great deal. I’m a lot smaller than a lot of my peers and Matilda taught me not to feel insignificant or less than anyone else.
Roald Dahl Story Day takes place every year on the 13th September or any day you like! Schools, individuals and groups across the land are getting ready to take part in fundraising events to help us establish more Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses and enable seriously ill children to live a more marvellous life.