A MOTHER and daughter spent their time during lockdown working together to write and illustrate a children’s book.

Angela Smith and her daughter Maisey have decided to sell the book called Stella’s Starlings with all proceeds going to a children’s mental health charity.

Producing the book gave something for the pair to focus on during lockdown.

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Ms Smith said: “It’s a lyrical tale about a little girl who has an adventure with shadow starlings she creates with a magical night light. But really it’s about community and being part of something bigger.

It took around four months. The project was a good focus for us as I like many people have had issues with anxiety and mental health especially during the pandemic, so it was a positive thing to focus on.”

They have sold 45 books to friends and family but are now trying to reach a wider audience.

Oxford Samaritans is reminding people to check in and support anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Branch director at Oxford Samaritans, Matt Williams, said: “As the pandemic continues and we face potential restrictions, we must remember to prioritise our mental health and stay connected with others.

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"The age of social distancing has meant people are having less face to face contact so it can be much harder to spot signs that someone might be struggling.

“Looking after mental health and emotional wellbeing is everybody’s business, we all have a part to play. We need to work together to ensure that we check in and support anyone who may be struggling during these challenging times.”

Ms Smith and her daughter's picture book is available to purchase on Amazon. Search 'Stella’s Starlings by Maisey Smith'.

Anyone can contact Samaritans for free on 116 123, even using a mobile without credit.