Sunday, 22 October 2017

Couple publish children’s book for charities

A COUPLE from Benson have published a children’s book to raise money for charity.

A COUPLE from Benson have published a children’s book to raise money for charity.

Rainbow The Tortoise And His Pot Of Gold was written by Hazel Pattison, of Henley Road, who has been selling knitted tortoises coloured like rainbows with her husband Bill for more than two years.

Mrs Pattison, 62, had always wanted to write a book and found the time to do so after retiring from her job as a play worker co-ordinator at the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley last year.

“I am chuffed to bits with it and it is a real buzz to see the finished copy,” she said. “It is a book that suits all ages and can appeal to everyone.” The illustrations were drawn by the couple’s next door neighbour, Wendy Jant, who is a teaching assistant at Cranford House School in Moulsford, while 65-year-old Mr Pattison laid out the pages.

The book means a lot to Mr and Mrs Pattison because it contains scenes inspired by Mrs Pattison’s mother, Zillah, who died five years ago.

She was fond of the bluebell woods in Checkendon and Rainbow visits similar woods in the book.

Proceeds from sales of the book will mainly be donated to the Chiltern Centre, Wallingford Toy Library for special needs and the Pathway Workshop in Oxford.

The Pattisons are both friends of the Chiltern Centre and trustees of Pathway Workshop and Mrs Pattison is a member of the toy library committee.

Mrs Pattison recently heard a mother reading the book to her daughter at the toy library.

She said: “It was nice to hear it being read and to see it sort of working but it was like it had nothing to do with me.”

The Pattisons have raised nearly £2,000 by selling knitted tortoises, children’s coat hangers, baby blocks, cushions and balls.

Rainbow The Tortoise And His Pot Of Gold costs £5.99 and is available from www.rainbowthetortoise.co.uk or you can call the Pattisons direct on (01491) 833239.

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