Wednesday, 29 November 2017

'C' is for Cabbage Anthology for Children's Cancer Charity.

“A Beautiful Collection.”

~ Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series

A while ago my friend Emma Ennis asked if I'd contribute a short story to this anthology. I'll always write a story for a charity anthology, and will continue to do so until my fingers fall off. For this, I wrote one called 'To Knit a World, to Darn a Life', because I've a soft spot for old ladies who work wonders.

Everyone's been affected by cancer in some way. 

My wife and I visited our friends and their child in a cancer ward. I never wanted to go, because it's a hard place to be. I went, of course...but I didn't want to...who would? If you're a friend or even a human, sometimes you should do the hard things, I think.

Parents don't have a choice, and the children certainly don't. A children's cancer ward's a terrible place, yes...but it's strangely moving, too. There's hope, and something akin to wonder at how children - and parents - cope with every second of every day. 

My granddad died of cancer. I visited the hospice every day, and even there, bravery is moving. The bravery of children and their parents doing all they can, though. That's enough to bring you to tears.

Parents don't get much in the way of financial help, and when you're staying at a hospital day in, day out, unable to work because your children come first, it's charities just like Aoibheann’s Pink Tie which make the difference between a parent being able to be there, or not.

Here's the press release, and the links. I hope you'll at least consider shelling out a few bob, but I understand how it goes. Thank you for at least taking the time to read this, and hopefully think about those who need help from those able to give it, even if only for a moment. 

Love you. x


Or, anywhere in the world, from wherever Amazon delivers.


“I urge you to buy this book which will enable Aoibheann’s Pink Tie to continue their great work on behalf of children with cancer and their families. The work they do is born out of love and compassion and deserves your attention.”

~ Travis Fimmel, Vikings

In aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, the national children’s cancer charity.

C is for Cabbage, a collection of 20 short stories from 17 truly terrified authors. Open with care, because the pages are crawling with fairies, lobsters, and strangely hip dinosaurs. There’s magic and enchantment, detective twins and drunken wizards. It’s got ghosts, ghouls, and lovestruck vampires; zombies, secret societies, and strange little men who tinker with toys.

With fun and frolics, and maybe a mild curse or two (not to mention an extraordinary pair of knitting needles,) C is for Cabbage is sure to have something for everyone, children and adults alike.

Available on Amazon in print and eBook, and from the Aoibheann’s Pink Tie website.

About Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

Aoibheann’s Pink Tie was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann to cancer, aged just 8 years. During Aoibheann’s year long battle, the family found little or no financial or practical support for children and their families.

When Aoibheann passed away the men wore pink ties at the funeral – Aoibheann’s favourite colour. The charity was formed in her memory to provide practical, emotional and financial support for the complete family unit of the child going through treatment on St. John’s Oncology ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

Aoibheann’s Pink Tie receives no government funding, and support is from donations and the tireless work of volunteers. Aoibheann’s Pink Tie employs only one part-time paid employee. In 2014 Wages comprised 1% and expenses 6.5% of overall donations received.

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