An equestrian writer has helped raise awareness of the 100 million working horses and donkeys around the world for National Storytelling Week (27 January – 4 February). Yorkshire-based author and entrepreneur Hannah Russell has seen charity Brooke’s work first-hand in Kenya, and was inspired to write her most recent children’s book to promote its work.

Hannah rose to fame at 17 with her award-winning Little Alf children’s book series, has dedicated her latest release to Brooke, after a visit to one of their school clubs in Kenya inspired her to write, Little Alf’s Adventures Around the World. Now, to mark National Storytelling Week, Hannah has shared copies with the children she met who helped her “bring Little Alf’s story to life”.

As a Youth Ambassador for Brooke, Hannah has worked to raise awareness of the charity. In 2019, Hannah visited Brooke’s Donkey Care Club in Kenya, a school club where local children are taught how to look after their donkeys.

“Having visited Brooke’s Donkey Care Clubs, I know the children there learn wonderful things about how to improve the lives of their animals,” she said. “I hope that my new book Little Alf’s Adventures around the World helps to illustrate the important work Brooke does through storytelling and give working animals around the world a bright and happy future.”

Hannah’s 15th Little Alf book follows Little Alf, based on Hannah’s miniature Shetland pony, travelling to Brooke’s different countries of operation to learn about the vital work horses and donkeys do, in allowing families to put food on their tables, earn a living and send their children to school. The bestselling series has become a social media sensation and has been published in multiple languages.

Little Alf’s Adventures Around the World is available to purchase on Amazon here.

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