Tiger and Tim was born from the coronavirus lockdown, loneliness, and a desire to help people when they needed it most.
To compound COVID-19, the world feels so divided these days. Perhaps a silly human with many faults and a tenacious Tiger who can’t roar, can meet in the jungle, become best friends, live in happiness, and in turn, show all youngsters that we are better united than divided.
There is also a vacuum for exciting, engaging and educational online content. Too much social media content only entertains, or is entirely commercially minded – this is ineffective and is a significant cause in the growing global literacy problem. The literacy statistics in our own country, the UK, are a national disgrace. Many other countries are in an even poorer position.
13 years ago Tim initially had the idea of creating children’s books called “The Adventures of Tiger Tim”; a busy career as a TV Presenter and Journalist at the BBC slowed that thought down… until he met Tiger.
Tim’s Great Grandfather is also an inspiration. He was a “Foundling” child in the 1880s. The Foundling, at Coram Fields Hospital in London, was the first children’s charity in the world. The orphanage saved the life of Tim’s relative and ensured that his grandmother, father, auntie, brothers and sister, nephews and nieces, Tim himself, and of course, Tiger, could be born. Just like Tim’s Great Grandfather in the 19th century, today there are millions more deserving children that need a chance to grow, thrive and not just survive; Tiger and Tim WILL show them the way. It’s personal.