Gardening guru inspires author to donate books to unwell children

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AN AUTHOR was so moved by Alan Titchmarsh’s visit to a children’s hospice she donated 300 of her own books.

Vicky Stapley, who is a big fan of the gardening guru, was glued to the screen while watching his latest show Love Your Garden on ITV.

In a recent episode he visited Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield, where he completely revamped the garden to make it a more welcoming place to terminally ill children and their families.

Mrs Stapley, 61, from Denmead, has written two books – The Adventures of Dimples the Bear parts one and two.

She felt the children could benefit from reading the uplifting stories.

She said: ‘My husband and I were so moved by what he had done.

‘We’ve been fans of Alan Titchmarsh for a long time.

‘The hospice has to raise £3m to keep going so they need all the help they can get.

‘I got in touch with them and offered them 300 books as well as Dimples the Bear teddy bears.

‘We delivered them at the weekend and they were so pleased with them.

‘We were amazed at what kind people they are who work there. They shouldn’t have to rely so much on donations.’

To donate to the children’s hospice go to

To buy a copy of Dimples the Bear, which has now sold 4,000 copies contact Mrs Stapley by going to