Holly Willoughby shares moving tribute to childhood friend as she publishes kids' book

Ally Head
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Photo credit: HGL - Getty Images
Photo credit: HGL - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Holly Willoughby has shared a moving congratulatory post to one of her oldest friends on social media.

Taking to Instagram, Holly shared a photo of herself and her son reading a children's book called Conker: The Chameleon.

The book is a children's illustration written by a schoolfriend of Holly's, Hannah Peckham. It was written with the aim of helping little ones talk about their feelings, and has been released to coincide with this week's Children's Mental Health Week.

In the image, Holly appears to be reading to her son Chester, six, with the illustrated book covering his and some of her face.

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

She shared in the caption of her post: "Today is a very important day for one of my oldest friends @h.j.peckham... We met on our first day of school and eventually moved into our first flat in London together... We’ve been through a lot!"

"Probably something that bonded us hugely was the fact we are both dyslexic... That’s why this post is even more special and actually writing this I feel very emotional... If I could go back and tell my school friend that on the 2nd of February 2021 to mark the begin of #childrensmentalhealthweek she would publish her 1st book, I’m not sure she’d believe it possible..."

"You did it Hannah... So, so proud of you... It’s a beautiful and important book. One that helps open the conversation with your little ones about how to talk about their emotions... We all need that right?"

Replying to Holly's sweet post, Hannah replied: "Aw Holly, that made me cry. Thank you so so much for your support my darling."

She jokingly added: "Your school day secrets are safe with me for... For another week."

Conker: the Chameleon is available to buy now from all good bookstores.

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