Children’s author Maz Evans has been appointed as an ambassador for Spurgeons. Maz launches her debut children’s book, Who Let The Gods Out?, marking Young Carers Awareness Day (Thursday 26 January 2017)
Who let the God’s Out? is a truly laugh-out-loud anarchic adventure that tells the story of a young carer called Elliot who looks after his mum who has early onset dementia . Elliot also has to cope with their neighbour who has a fiendish plan to use their land for her own profit and is determined to buy their house. But help is at hand when the young Zodiac goddess Virgo crashes to earth as a shooting star and changes Elliot’s life forever.
Maz drew on her own experience for the book. As a student she helped her grandmother look after her grandfather who had dementia. Maz said: “I wouldn’t have changed that time for all the world – we lost him shortly afterwards – but there were days it was soul destroying and exhausting to care for him – and I was much older and better supported than many young carers around the UK.”
Maz also found the inspiration for Elliot as part of a creative writing programme in schools. “Every school I visited had at least one child in a caring role and many have shared their experiences with me. Through talking to them, I found a young carer hero for my fantasy story - but more importantly, I have had the privilege of meeting so many more heroes in the everyday world.”
Spurgeons Chief Executive Ross Hendry said: “We’re delighted to appoint Maz as a Spurgeons ambassador. Her commitment to help highlight the issues facing young carers will be invaluable.
“Awareness of the 700,000 young carers in the UK has grown in recent years but more needs to be done to highlight the plight of the 130,000 who are not known to their local council and the even larger number who are not getting the support they are entitled to.”
Maz feels incredibly excited to be working with Spurgeons as an ambassador: “Spurgeons do the most extraordinary work by seeking out groups of young people that might otherwise go undetected and unsupported. They shine a light on those who could be lost in the darkness – it is my hope and promise that through my work as ambassador, I will help them to make that light burn even brighter.”
Who let the Gods Out? will be launched on Thursday 26 January, 6.30pm at Waterstones bookshop in Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ, followed by a countrywide tour.