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Cottam author’s debut book raises £2,450 for children’s charity

Posted on - 15th January, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, Cottam, Preston News, Proud Preston
Rachel at Cottam Primary School with pupils including her sons Fred and Ron on either side
Rachel at Cottam Primary School with pupils including her sons Fred and Ron on either side

Cottam author’s debut book has raised £2,450 for charity.

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Rachel Walmsley’s book, Christmas Cabaret, sold out within weeks, with all proceeds going to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity’s Children’s Appeal.

Rachel said: “It feels like a such a positive start to 2022 to be able to send over this donation.

“We were blown away by the feedback from the book and how quickly we managed to sell all 500 copies. Lots of parents contacted us sharing photos of their children enjoying the book.

“A big thank you has to go to Sam Houston from Hungry Communications, who very kindly and generously covered our printing and designing costs to ensure that every penny we made was able to go to the charity.”

Read more: Cottam author’s sold out book about Christmas vegetables raises funds for charity

Rachel’s sister Helen McKnockiter illustrated the book.

Rachel said: “Helen is currently creating a new character called Dotty the Dogwalker.

“We have lots of other characters on the drawing board including Don the Digger Who Doesn’t Like The Dirt and Listening Ears.”

Rachel is also in the process of writing a book for older children aged eight and up, called Beans on Toast Ben.

She said: “I’m really enjoying it, as it’s expanding my writing skills and pushing my imagination.”

Rachel and Helen are hoping to do another charity book in the future.


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