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MUST READ: Chalfont St Giles author New book aims to raise awareness of importance of sunlight

 Published on: 17th September 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Chalfont St Giles author and illustrator has recently self-published a children’s book to educate children and adults about the benefits of getting outside in the sunshine.

Rachel Sherfield’s book, Sidney (the gecko that didn’t like the sun!), is all about a day gecko who avoided the sun, as he thought the sun was detrimental to his skin care.

The storyline is based on Rachel’s personal experience. In 2014, Rachel was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also called chronic fatigue syndrome, which was partially caused by a lack of vitamin D in her body. It took Rachel two years to fully recover from the illness, but it actually changed her life for the better.

She now wants to highlight the importance of sunlight, and how exposure to the sun plays a vital role in helping the body to stay healthy.

She said: “Go out in the sun; if you’re going out all day, put some suntan lotion on and be careful.”

The book is available from Waterstones (online), The Marlow Bookshop and The Leveret.

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