Author raises £4,000 with ducks and books
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.
●● 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