Local Bosham resident, Alison Tuck, has been a supporter of St Wilfrid’s Hospice since she first heard of the planned move to the village. Alison feels very passionately about the Hospice movement and was keen to assist with raising funds.
Together with her readers group, The Bosham Book Club, Alison held an evening with accomplished local author, Isabel Ashdown, on Thursday 30th March.
Isabel said upon being asked to support the project: “Like many, I have personal experience of the wonderful work carried out by St Wilfrid's Hospice, so I was delighted when Bosham Book Club approached me with the idea of an event in support of the DREAMBUILDING appeal. It was a joy to meet so many book lovers in the beautiful setting of St John's Church, Southbourne, whilst also raising a good sum of money towards the cause.”
The event was a tremendous success. Bosham Book Group Member, Hilary Riddell, acted as Chair for the evening, quizzing Isabel on her works; from her debut, Glasshopper, which was named as one of the best books of the year by the Observer and the London Evening Standard, to her latest novel, Little Sister. Members of the audience were then invited to ask questions, which Isabel gave fluent and interesting answers to especially given the wide range of subjects raised.
One attendee said, “It was great to be able to support such a deserving cause whilst also having an immensely enjoyable evening.”
DREAMBUILDING Campaign Director, Sarah Mansell, said: “We are very grateful to Alison and The Bosham Book Club for organising such a wonderful event and most appreciative of Isabel Ashdown for generously giving her time in support of the DREAMBUILDING appeal. There were over 120 attendees and overall the whole event raised almost £1,300 towards our new Hospice.”
ABOUT LITTLE SISTER
Isabel’s new novel Little Sister tells the story of two sisters reunited after years apart, only to be torn apart by a child’s disappearance. Little Sister is set on the Isle of Wight, and will be released by Trapeze in ebook this April / paperback in July.