Celia Abra­hams is us­ing po­etry to raise £1 mil­lion for char­ity

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

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

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