Books sold as thank you for wife’s care

Terry Gould with The Seaside Advneture, the first of a series he is writing to continue his hospice fundraising
Terry Gould with The Seaside Advneture, the first of a series he is writing to continue his hospice fundraising

STORIES written for his grandchildren are being used by a Steyning man to thank the hospice that cared for his wife.

Terry Gould, 73, used to send stories to his grandchildren, Joshua and Eleanor, some years ago, when his daughter, Samantha, and her family lived in Hong Kong.

They were written in instalments and his daughter would read these at bedtime, with the children always eager to see how the stories would unfold.

Now, Mr Gould is turning the stories into a four-part series, to raise money for St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House.

The first book, called The Seaside Adventure, is available at £4.50 and a further three will follow, featuring the same two characters, Peter and Poppy, in different situations.

Mr Gould is a long-term supporter of the hospices.

His wife, Mary, died in St Barnabas in May 2011 from thyroid cancer and he has been raising money for the two hospices ever since, with the help of both Samantha’s family and his elder daughter, Jacqueline, and her sons Ben and Sam.

He said: “St Barnabas looked after her so wonderfully well and we will always appreciate all the loving help and care that they provided to us during that very difficult time.”

The Gould family has so far raised about £25,500 and with the four books, Mr Gould hopes to an another £20,000 to that total.

It was actually Mrs Gould who suggested turning the stories into a book in the first place but Mr Gould was not able to do so until after she died.

He put some of the stories together in a book and gave it to his grandson for his 18th birthday.

For the fundraising editions, Mr Gould is paying the publishing and promotional costs himself, so all the sales revenue will benefit the hospices directly.

He said the stories were simple, gentle and exciting adventures for children aged three to seven. They are ideal as an early reader book, or to be read to children.

The Seaside Adventure is available to order from Mr Gould and he will sign copies, on request, free of charge. Email or telephone 01903 879185.

The remaining three books can also be pre-ordered through Mr Gould.

Copies of the first book are also available from the hospices’ charity shops.