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Cancer Patient creates Children’s Christmas Book to raise Money for Three Wishes

Newsdate: 22 November 2014

Pictured from left to right: Ken Gibson, Leonora Anson (WWL), Janet Irvine (WWL) and Julie Swann (WWL)A former cancer patient at Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is giving something back to the Cancer Care Unit this year by selling his children’s Christmas book for the Hospital’s charity, Three Wishes.

Ken Gibson, 72, who is part of Standish Art Group, created the picture book, entitled The Christmas in Oncology, whilst undergoing treatment at the WWL Oncology Unit.  He has now decided to release it for sale in the Cancer Care Unit at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

Mr Gibson who is a self-confessed ‘joker’, was teasing Chemotherapy Unit Manager, Leonora Anson, during his regular visits for Chemotherapy, about being a famous author. Ken wanted to prove that he had an eye for children’s novels, so he brought in a copy of some of his illustrations for the nurses to see.

Ken said “Leo was quite taken by my ideas and asked if I could create a version for the Oncology Unit, so I happily obliged. I worked on the book during my chemotherapy treatment, and it worked just like therapy for me.”

One of the side effects of the chemotherapy he received can be peripheral neuropathy, which means a numbness in the tips of the fingers. Illustrating this book helped with this condition and kept Ken’s focus on recovering from his treatment.

The story follows the characters through a Christmas in Oncology, where all of the characters are represented by animals with child-friendly names such as Leo Lion and Ken Croc.

Imprint Design and Print Solutions, based in Standish, have given Ken and the charity a helping hand by charging only for the materials.  

The books are now on sale priced at £4.99 and they will be available for purchase at the existing Cancer Care Unit. All of the proceeds will go towards Three Wishes’ Cancer Care Appeal.

Pictured above from left to right: Ken Gibson, Leonora Anson (WWL), Janet Irvine (WWL) and Julie Swann (WWL)