Sisters who battled cancer publish children’s book

Cynthia Evanson and Maggied Fielding
Cynthia Evanson and Maggied Fielding

Two sisters recovering from serious illnesses have written and illustrated a children’s book, with all profits going to support the appeal to build the new Macmillan Cancer Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Cynthia Evanson, 68, from Duckmanton, was given a terminal cancer diagnosis in March 2013. Her only chance of survival was a six-month course of chemotherapy which thankfully proved to be successful.

Her sister Maggie Fielding, 51, from Hady, is also making an excellent recovery from a serious blood disorder, diagnosed in August 2012.

Cynthia said: “The medical care we received was excellent, along with the very important love and care of our family and friends.

“I was worried that I may never see the birth of any of my niece’s and nephew’s babies, but when my great-nephew, Oliver arrived, I felt inspired to put pen to paper, create some felt animals and a rhyming story to go with it, and the story of ‘Mortimer Mouse Messes Up’ was born.”

The book is aimed at children from birth to six years, and it tells the story of Mortimer and his friends’ adventure which leads to a serious telling-off from his Mother.

After reading the story, her sister Maggie, encouraged Cynthia to get the story published, and agreed to do the illustrations.

The book is published by Bannister Publications and costs £6.99. To buy a copy, or to invite them in for a talk at your local group, call 07518 134 186.