A novel boost to teen’s legacy
A childminder turned author hopes her novel will help keep an inspirational teenager’s memory alive and continue his fundraising.
In June Arran Tosh, 13, a popular member of Haverhill’s Centre Stage Company who lived in Sudbury died, less than a week after a brain tumour was found following an opticians appointment.
Georga Wellerd, who has been friends with Arran’s mother Alison for 20 years, said his death had a profound impact on everybody who knew him.
In March last year she finished her novel, partly based on her experiences as a childminder, however, her hopes of making a little extra cash from her first literary effort were put into context by Arran’s death.
“I’m glad I’ve finished it but it just doesn’t matter,” she said. “Alison doesn’t have Arran.”
Now Mrs Wellerd has decided to give 20 per cent of any sales of the book, entitled Community Chest, to the Smile Of Arran Trust, which was recently given charity status.
It is hoped the charity will continue Arran’s legacy. He was a keen charity fundraiser himself.
Mrs Wellerd from Swan Street, Sible Hedingham said: “Everyone talks about him being inspirational because he simply was.
“He was just so mature beyond his years.
“It just doesn’t seem fair, he would put us adults to shame.”
Originally the idea was for a television or radio script, but having written the book first, she says she will now adapt it to become a script again before thinking about a possible follow-up story.
The book costs £1.99 and is available for Kindle or Nook.