On Sunday 25th February 2022, a school in Surrey for refugees who fled Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, invited Di Redmond – an author who has also written for television series Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Bob The Builder – to read from her latest book – Rucksack.

Rucksack is a children’s picture novel, designed to help Ukrainian children and families work through anxiety and war trauma. It tells the story of a boy who “leaves with a bag of memories”, fleeing war with only the contents of his backpack.

What we do makes a difference

Now more than ever, children need help to cope with the trauma they're experiencing.

Children and War UK is working to give them essential tools to reduce the long-term effects of traumatic stress.

Thank you.