A special book of literary works by High Peak patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses has raised over £380 for local hospice care.

Life is a Mish Mash is compiled of short stories, poems and limericks, written by a writing group here at Blythe House Hospicecare.

Dawn Haines, Sam Osborne, Sarah Whiteley, Sue Walmsley and Yvonne Reynolds, started their writing course in September last year, working together over 18 weeks to create a book of their work to raise funds for the hospice.

The book was sold at Blythe House reception and retail outlets across the borough – raising a fantastic £384 for patient care and services.

Julian Cohen, local poet and storyteller, heads up the writing group and said: ‘The group produced some fantastic and very moving poems and stories about their experiences of illness and their fears, but also about their hopes. Some tears were been shed but there was also a lot of laughter and a real determination to get the most out of life, and to help and support each other.

‘On behalf of the group, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s picked up a copy of the book and donated; every penny raised will go towards supporting ongoing patient care here at Blythe House.’

Since our writing groups began at Blythe House back in 2015, they have been incredibly popular with patients who have found that writing can help them to express their thoughts and feelings.

By reading out their work to each other in the group, patients have also shared their ideas. The writing groups have helped patients to stay positive, despite the difficulties they can face.

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