Au­thor raises £4,000 with ducks and books

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AGREAT- GRAND­MOTHER who has a pas­sion for books and a pen­chant for knit­ting has raised al­most £4,000 for char­ity.

Eighty-seven- year- old Mar­ion Athorne, who lives on Hob­son Street, is do­nat­ing ev­ery penny from her novel ‘The Glass Slip­per’ to the Women’s Royal Naval Ser­vice (WRNS) Benev­o­lent Trust.

And a chance en­counter with staff at the in­door mar­ket means she has added £400 to her grand to­tal by sell­ing hand­made knit­ted ducks.

Mar­ion, who was a Wren for two years af­ter the Se­cond World War, was in­spired to write her ro­man­tic mys­tery dur­ing her ser­vice.

It’s the fourth novel she has writ­ten af­ter pro­duc- ing the tril­ogy ‘ Mer­lyn’s Legacy’ based on notes made by her father, which raised £2,000 for can­cer char­i­ties.

She said: “Af­ter the war I joined the Wrens and they em­ployed me in air traf­fic con­trol, which in those days was mar­vel­lous. Women in civvy street didn’t get jobs like that so it was ex­cit­ing.

“I was just sit­ting in the tower one day and thought about what would hap­pen if a pi­lot spot­ted a UFO. The idea stemmed from there.”

The book, which is be­ing sold in aid of the WRNS char­ity, which sup­ports for­mer Wrens and women who served in the Navy, is a mys­tery and ro­mance set on a naval air sta­tion in the 1950s.

Mar­ion added: “It’s been very well re­ceived. In fact my book club is read­ing it and dis­cussing it next week, which will be in­ter­est­ing.”

Mar­ion, who is orig­i­nally from Ex­eter and moved to Mac­cles­field last year to be nearer her daugh­ter Penny Roebuck, who lives in Bosley, has so far raised £1,500 through sales of The Glass Slip­per.

She has added to her fundrais­ing pot by sell­ing the knit­ted ducks at Seren­ity Crafts in the in­door mar­ket.

Mar­ion, who has met Princess Anne as part of her in­volve­ment with the char­ity, added: “I went into the in­door mar­ket to buy a rib­bon to put on my lit­tle duck. They said they could sell them for me so I made some more. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve made now. They ac­count for £400.”

Mar­ion, who is a grand­mother of 10 and a great­grand­mother of nine – with an­other on the way – is on a mis­sion to sell as many books and ducks as pos­si­ble.

The Glass Slip­per is avail­able from the in­door mar­ket and costs £4.99. The ducks cost £2.50.

Andy Lambert

●● Mar­ion Athorne sign­ing copies of The Glass Slip­per, rais­ing money for the WRNS

●● Some of Mar­ion’s many knit­ted ducks, which are dressed in a va­ri­ety of cos­tumes

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