Words translate into trips for town’s senior citizens

Authors Roger and Diane Quick present �1,500 raised through sales of their books to Ruth Goldthorpe and Catherine Rosborough, of Age UK Todmorden
Authors Roger and Diane Quick present �1,500 raised through sales of their books to Ruth Goldthorpe and Catherine Rosborough, of Age UK Todmorden

Senior citizens in Todmorden who find it difficult to get out and about will be able to go on trips thanks to the ongoing generosity of a local author.

Roger Quick, of Lumbutts, and his wife Diane, presented £1,500 to Age UK Todmorden at Todmorden Social Club - the latest sum he has gifted to the organisation from the sale of his books.

Roger’s work ranges from children’s books to poetry, and he has also written short stories, some of which have been turned into play scripts.

“These days we are in demand to read from or perform the work, with engagements in Burnley, Bolton, Bacup, Rochdale, Oldham and Littleborough,” he said. “Friends like Barbara Waring, Malcolm Heywood and Ingrid Butterworth help out at these personal engagements.”

The money is used by Age UK Todmorden to fund several trips, usually four or five, each year to places such as Towneley Hall at Burnley, Shibden Hall at Halifax, Whalley Abbey and Hollingworth Lake at Littleborough for senior citizens who otherwise would find it difficult to get out. A specially adapted coach is used and the guests’ escorts are also invited, making for enjoyable days out.

Most Saturdays Roger and Diane sell copies of Roger’s books on Todmorden Market to raise money. He has written nine, with a tenth book in the works. Ruth Goldthorpe and Catherine Rosborough, of Age UK Todmorden, received the money and thanked Roger and Diane for their efforts.