Celia Abrahams is using poetry to raise £1 million for charity
TONY BLAIR and David Cameron are among those who have endorsed national children’s poetry competition Pound a Poem — masterminded by North London grandma Celia Abrahams.
Mrs Abrahams came up with the idea two years ago in an attempt to promote healthy eat- ing, citizenship and literacy in schools, while raising money for Cancer Research UK — an organisation with which she has been involved for ten years. Children aged 7 to 11 across the UK were invited to pay £1 to write a poem about fruit or vegetables, with the money going towards raising £1m to combat children’s cancers. The 64 regional winners’ poems, together with those from celebrities including Maureen Lipman, have been published in the recently launched book: Pound a Poem (John Blake). The Pears Foundation provided sponsorship.
Mrs Abrahams tells People: “It has taken almost two years of hard work to get to this stage and I couldn’t be happier to see it come to fruition. I hope parents snap it up for their children.”
Mrs Abrahams is a member of Highgate Synagogue. www.poundapoem. co.uk