Author’s lines add up to more funds for Age UK

Roger and Diane Quick with the latest fundraising book, Border Roses
Roger and Diane Quick with the latest fundraising book, Border Roses

An author whose books raise money for a senior citizens’ organisation took the opportunity to present them with a bumper sum when launching his latest publication.

Roger Quick has penned or drawn a series of books over the past few years, which range from children’s colouring pads to books of stories and verse.

Each Saturday, and occasional Wednesdays, Roger and his wife, Diane, sell copies on Todmorden Outdoor Market and the proceeds go to Age UK Todmorden, totalling thousands of pounds over the years.

Roger supplements these by giving performances and presentations, sometimes with friends, of monologues and dialogues featured in some of the books, which also boost the total.

Roger and Diane joined members of Age UK when they met for lunch at Todmorden Social Club to hand over the latest cheque, for £1,800, which will help fund the group’s activities for local people, and he also introduced his new book.

His latest work is Border Roses, which he hopes will appeal to readers of both counties - the border once ran through the middle of Todmorden and the curious position of Todmorden being a Yorkshire town with close links to Lancashire sparked his imagination.

The book is a descriptive tour in rhyme of some very popular stately homes and historic places to visit on both sides of the border, including Towneley Hall near Burnley, the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth, Clitheroe Castle and Shiden Hall at Halifax, to mention just a few.

Like Roger’s other books, it is priced at £2.99 (the colouring pads are just 50p) and he hopes it will start the next stage of fundraising for Age UK.

“We now have 12 books for sale and the colouring pads which I have drawn myself and are aimed at young children, featuring popular pantomime characters and the like,” said Roger.

“The new book is going very well and is available along with the others on the market stall on Saturdays and occasionally Wednesdays. The presentations also keep pushing the total we have raised up.”