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'Why Can't I Fly?' by Trisha Bridger

Launched this week on ITV1’s‘This Morning’ programme, 'Why Can't I Fly?' is a new children's book written by Trisha Bridger, mother of seven-year-old Niamh who has Type 1 diabetes.

Trisha has written and published the book to raise funds for Diabetes UK.


Positive, emotional and inspiring

“Aimed at pre-school children, this wonderfully positive and inspiring book is a fantasy story of a girl’s dream to fly and how she realises that dream," explained Trisha.

"It’s an emotional story of self-discovery and problem-solving with an important message to never give up and always reach for your dreams.”

A truly magical story

The book is being supported by ex-England, Tottenham and Bristol Rovers football star Gary Mabbutt, who also has Type 1 diabetes. He said: “‘Why Can’t I Fly?’ is a truly magical story with a wonderful ability to reinforce the positive ideology to aim high, persevere and achieve.

"It is a fantastic idea to promote fundraising for Diabetes UK and an invaluable opportunity and reminder that you shouldn't live your life around diabetes but work the condition around your life.”

A future without diabetes


Citing the constant emotional and physical demands of looking after a child with Type 1 diabetes, Trisha said: “I have come to realise and accept that, knowing the true nature of diabetes, I cannot make it perfect but all that I can do is my very best, which I strive to achieve every day and which I will always do for the overwhelming love I have for my brave Niamh [pictured].

“She has herself already had to overcome emotional, mental and physical challenges for her very young age, and we are so proud of her.

"Please buy a copy of the book if you can, and help raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK, and for a future without diabetes.”

Order your copy 

‘Why Can't I Fly?’ has been self published with ‘Wubbly Bubbly Books’ and isavailable from the Waterstone's website.

Details of other stockists can be found on the book’s

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