Private poems made public to raise cash
RETIRED chemical engineer John Gillett, from Gawsworth, has dedicated a book of poems to his late wife Dilys.
Proceeds from North Bucks Yokel will be donated to East Cheshire Hospice which cared for Dilys, a schoolteacher who died in August 2015, aged 74.
John wrote the poems on pieces of scrap paper over many years.
He said: “They were private; very simple poems written spontaneously. Only Dilys saw them and it seemed a good idea to publish them.”
John is a freelance lecturer and writer, his work focused on risk assessment in the pharmaceutical industry and his love of caving.
He has written several books on both subjects.
He added: “I’m a country boy from Buckinghamshire, hence the book title, and a passionate educationalist.
The book has raised £1,000 since publication in September and I’d like to reach £10,000 for the hospice, with the help of Gift Aid.”
The book, published by Mirador Publishing, is available from Amazon online and is on sale for £10 at East Cheshire Hospice and AstraZeneca shops.
The final poem, about the hospice, reads:
John Gillett with his book of poems which is raising money for East Cheshire Hospice in memory of his late wife Dilys