AUTHOR Lynne Stretch has written a book to raise money for the cancer ward where her son was treated before his death at the age of five.
Mrs Stretch, from Portchester, has penned the book called Miskin Girl to fundraise for The Teenage Cancer Trust and Southampton General Hospital.
Her son Laurie was diagnosed with a rare tumour when he was three years old and he was treated at the hospital for two years until he died in 1996.
Mrs Stretch said: ‘I spent lots of time on the wards and at the hospital, I virtually lived there as the treatment went on and on.
‘I learnt things that you would only know if you had been there and have put many of the experiences that me and Laurie went through into the book.’
Mrs Stretch began the book five years ago as part of her MA creative writing degree at the University of Portsmouth, however she decided to finish the story and raise money for a charity close to her heart.
The book is about the journey of a teenage girl with cancer who falls in love.
Mrs Stretch said: ‘I am donating to the Teenage Cancer Trust in particular because while Laurie was in hospital the teenagers really helped me understand how Laurie was feeling, I feel like I am giving something back to teenagers going through the same thing.’
Mrs Stretch goes under the author name of Alyson Young and she has had 200 copies of Miskin Girl printed.
The semi-retired teacher had her first book launch last month in her hometown in Wales at the Miskin Manor Hotel, where she also celebrated her 60th birthday and wedding anniversary.
Around 60 people attended the evening and raised £748 for the trust in sales and donations.
Mrs Stretch fundraised in order to get the book printed by hosting raffles at wine tasting and candle parties.
She also held an evening to promote her book on Friday, September 11 at Rosie’s Vineyard, in Elm Grove, Southsea, where she raised £300.
Mrs Stretch will be selling her book, which costs £8, at an open day at her home in Portchester on Saturday, September 26.
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