Monster challenge for book lover to raise charity cash

READATHON Liz Mayhew, 23, from Denmead is doing a sponsored book read after losing her mum, Sally-Ann Mayhew, inset, to breast cancer.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120764-123)
READATHON Liz Mayhew, 23, from Denmead is doing a sponsored book read after losing her mum, Sally-Ann Mayhew, inset, to breast cancer. Picture: Sarah Standing (120764-123)
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BOOKWORM Liz Mayhew has vowed to burrow her way through at least 100 books this year in memory of her mum.

The 23-year-old, of Mill Close, Denmead, inherited a love of reading from Sally-Ann, who sadly died from breast cancer in December.

Sally-Ann Mayhew

Sally-Ann Mayhew

Keen to do something in her memory, Liz decided to take on the challenge in a bid to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign.

She hopes to read at least 100 in one year and collect 10p per book for the charity from each sponsor she receives.

It works out as eight and a half books a month, but having already ploughed her way through an incredible 19 books, including What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, and Small Island by Andrea Levy, Liz shows no signs of slowing down.

She said: ‘When my mum died I didn’t really know what to do with myself and found it difficult to deal with.

‘I miss her so much every day and I don’t think that will ever go away, but I’m trudging along.

‘I thought this would be a nice thing to do to give me time to think about her and it’s a way of giving something back to her.

‘She gave me a real love for reading and I know that she would be so proud if she could see what I’m doing.’

Liz, who works at Waterstone’s in Fareham, is recording her progress on her online blog to keep sponsors updated.

She also expressed support for The News’ literacy campaign, which aims to encourage people to read more and realise the delights of the written word.

‘Getting people involved with reading is a big part of what I am trying to do too,’ she added.

‘Reading is an insight into so many different cultures and experiences that you can’t find anywhere else.

‘And it can be emotional too. From just a few sentences you can feel so much, and even if you’ve not been through the same thing that’s happening in the book, you still get a huge feeling of empathy.

‘It always gives you something to think about and keeps your mind active.’

To sponsor Liz email liz.books4breastcancer@hotmail.co.uk.

To make a donation see breastcancercampaign.org/page.aspx?pid=740 or to visit her blog see booksforbreastcancer.blogspot.com