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Author’s gift for Hospice Heroes

Graham Wilding has penned a novel adaptation The Real Top Gun, proceeds from which will be donated to the Hospice Heroes campaign

Graham Wilding has penned a novel adaptation The Real Top Gun, proceeds from which will be donated to the Hospice Heroes campaign

An author has pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from his book to support The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

Graham Wilding hopes to raise hundreds for both Trinity Hospice and Brian House, along with Cancer Research UK, through sales of The Real Top Gun.

Mr Wilding, from Great Eccleston, has penned the novel adaptation of the true story of Johnnie Johnson, who headed up one of the most successful Spitfire wings during Second World War, as well as being a household name who enjoyed thrilling rides in Blackpool too.

The charitable 57-year-old came across his story while working on a project to raise money for Help for Heroes, the armed forces charity.

He said: “I wanted to write a book of short stories about people in the military to raise money for Help For Heroes, but searching through I stumbled across Johnnie Johnson.

“I was so captivated by it that I didn’t need to look any further.

“I support Cancer Research too, after my father-in-law died of cancer in January, that really squared me into it.”

A book signing in December raised £260, which was split between the two charities and Great Eccleston children’s fun day.

Now Mr Wilding, hopes to be able to raise funds for the Hospice Heroes campaign too.

The father-of-two added: “These institutions, like Brian House, are just heroic really, when you’re a parent they’re especially important.”

He will be hosting a book signing session and creative writing workshop at Poulton Library, Blackpool Old Road, on World Book Day, March 6, between 6pm and 7.30pm.

The book will be on sale for £7, with £2 from each sale split between Hospice Heroes and Cancer Research UK.

He said: “The more people we get in then the more we can raise for this great cause.”

Hospice Heroes is The Gazette’s campaign to raise £200,000 to help fund a massive redevelopment of Trinity Hospice and Brian House palliative care units.

Lisa Martin, community fundraiser for Trinity Hospice, said: “The improvements will ensure more comfort and dignity for both our patients and their families.

“Without the generous support from people like author Graham Wilding, this simply wouldn’t be possible, thank you so much.”

 

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