Local poet raises money


Retired chemical engineer John Gillett, from Gawsworth, has dedicated a book of poems to his late wife Dilys.

Proceeds from North Bucks Yokel will be donated to East Cheshire Hospice which cared for Dilys, a schoolteacher who died in August 2015, aged 74.

John wrote the poems on pieces of scrap paper over many years. He said: "They were private very simple poems written spontaneously.  Only Dilys saw them and it seemed a good idea to publish them."

John is a freelance lecturer and writer, his work focused on risk assessment in the pharmaceutical industry and his love of caving. He has written several books on both subjects.

He added: "I'm a country boy from Buckinghamshire, hence the book title, and a passionate educationalist. The book has raised £1,000 since publication in September and I'd like to reach £10,000 for the Hospice, with the help of Gift Aid."

The book, published by Mirador Publishing, is available from Amazon online and is on sale for £10 at East Cheshire Hospice and AstraZeneca shops. 

The final poem, about the Hospice, reads:

Peace.

Release

From endless pain.

I lie serene

As Angels tend me

Gently,

Soothingly.

I stroll,

Softly,

Along the pleasant path to Heaven.