Turning memories into cash

CHEQUE BOOK: Ian Norris, Community Fundraiser at St Nicholas Hospice Care, holds up a cheque for �2,500 with Jim and Daphne Mott at Alpheton village hall.
CHEQUE BOOK: Ian Norris, Community Fundraiser at St Nicholas Hospice Care, holds up a cheque for �2,500 with Jim and Daphne Mott at Alpheton village hall.
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COPIES of a limited edition memoir are selling fast and raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Jim Mott, 85, from Brettenham, near Lavenham, decided to piece together his writing on 30 years of experiences as a farm hand for a book to benefit the Bury St Edmunds-based hospice.

Alpheton Hall, Diary of a Suffolk Countryman went on sale in mid-September and sales have now topped the £2,500 mark.

Ken Watkins, a former sports editor at the Free Press who co-edited the book with his wife Judy, said: “Jim and Daphne have always admired the work of St Nicholas Hospice Care and they wanted to support this local charity. This book was the way in which they decided to do so.

“The book’s sales have really gone well. It seems to have struck a chord. It was a limited edition of 500 copies, and we have sold over 300 in the two months it has been on sale.”

The money will go towards our appeal to raise £10,000 to fund a community nurse for the Sudbury area.

Ian Norris, community fundraiser for the hospice, was presented with a cheque for £2,500 by Jim and Daphne Mott at Alpheton Village Hall.

Ian said: “Jim’s book is beautifully written and proving very popular.

“Everyone who has read it has loved it and we are so pleased to be associated with such a lovely memoir.

“The amount of money raised so far is astonishing and we can only thank Jim and Daphne for thinking of St Nicholas Hospice Care.”

Alpheton Hall, Diary of a Suffolk Countryman is priced at £7.99 and is available from any of the eight hospice shops, Sudbury’s Tourist Information Centre and the Bridge Street Cafe in Bridge Street.

Alternatively, to order by post, send a cheque for £10 made out to St Nicholas Hospice Care to Ian Norris, St Nicholas Hospice Care, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2QY.