A group of women share their Tell-Tales for The Christie

Press release posted 17 March 2015

A group of women have joined creative forces to write a series of short stories to fundraise for The Christie.

Tell-Tales is a collection of 13 short stories compiled by Sally Clegg, 59, who lives in New Mills and Sharon Goddard, 58, from Marple Bridge.

The idea for the book came at the ladies regular, post Pilate's, coffee at Libby's Bread & Wine in Marple Bridge.

Sharon said: "Our conversations had revealed that cancer had touched all of our lives in some way and we wanted to give something back. The Christie is so well respected and loved it was an obvious choice."

Sally said: "Sharing stories has strengthened our friendships, and entertained us, so we hit upon the idea of publishing and sharing them for a good cause."

Tell-Tales subjects are as diverse as lost love, a found cat, a woolly hat, a fat rat and a fit footballer.

Some of the stories are autobiographical and others are pure fiction. Writers' names have not been published next to their stories, there is a list of contributors with thanks to all who participated. There is also a memorial page where people have named someone they have lost to cancer for a donation towards production costs.

Sharon said: "By paying for the publication through those donations and our main sponsor, Libby's Bread & Wine in Marple Bridge, we will be able to give every penny of sales to The Christie. We are very grateful to my son, Christopher Goddard who has given so much of his spare time to save us around £1,000 of publishing costs, as well as all of the artists who worked for free to illustrate our book."

Tell-Tales will be launched on Saturday 21st March, at Marple Library 2-4pm with readings by the authors. The book will be on sale at the special price of £5. It will be available to purchase from numerous retailers in New Mills, Marple, Didsbury and Waterstones in Stockport at its usual price of £7.99. Copies can also be purchased directly from the publisher at www.troubador.co.uk.

Heather Robertson, community fundraising officer at The Christie said: "We're so grateful for all the effort and hard work Sharon, Sally and all the authors and contributors put in to publishing this book. It is a wonderful read and I'd encourage everyone to go out and buy a copy. The funds raised will make a real difference to cancer patients here in the North West."

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust through its fundraising activities, and delivers projects, equipment and improvements that are in line with the Trust's overall plans and strategy. The charity has over 30,000 supporters who raised a record breaking £14.8m last year.