When local woman Denise Redford heard that her friend’s tiny granddaughter had been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, she wanted to help.
Denise pondered how to raise funds towards the tot’s treatment and raise awareness of this painful and sometimes life limiting condition.
But she ended up scratching her head, saying: “I’m rubbish at baking and sure can’t run a marathon.”
Yet Denise has now raised almost £500 by writing poems.
Denise wrote, printed and sold a book of poems, penned in her own unique style.
“It’s not your boring Wordsworth-type stuff,” enthuses friend Linda Hardy.
“She writes about gossip at the corner shop, where all those socks go when you lose them in the wash, zumba classes, supermarket trolleys, the trials of post Christmas diets – all sorts.
“They’re clever, warm and funny. They really make you smile. I reckon she could be the next Pam Ayers.”
Denise was surprised when her poetic pamphlet ‘Just Give Me A Moment’ started selling like the hot cakes she occasionally writes about.
She said: “I loved English lessons at school and used to write odes for family birthdays and suchlike.
“But I never expected so much interest and support.
“I’m just happy to be able to do something for brave little Ella-Rose. She’s an inspiration.”