Published: 10/07/2018 07:00 - Updated: 10/07/2018 09:50

Book set to raise cash for hospice

Written byNicole Webber

Netley Centre
Hollie Simpson (centre) with guests and staff at the Netley Day Centre for the launch of her children's book.

AN inspirational young woman with an incurable condition has written a book to raise funds for Highland Hospice.

Hollie Simpson (23) has cystic fibrosis and regularly visits the hospice's Netley Centre.

She was inspired by their kindness and support and set out to achieve her dream and write a book.

"There was never a book I could relate to growing up so I wanted to write one aimed at kids with cystic fibrosis but that could be enjoyed by others too," she said.

"It is really exciting and I am really chuffed with it."

Miss Simpson travels from Forres to Inverness to have treatment at Raigmore Hospital and visit her siblings who live in the city.

She has endured a particularly difficult two years after experiencing a bleed on her lungs and suffering a stroke.

Her mother Julie believes her daughter has fought incredibly hard for her achievement.

"She has always loved reading and writing and books are her life but after her stroke she couldn't talk or write – it was so hard for her," she said.

"She fought so hard to do this book after all she had been through – her dad and I are so so proud of her."

Her book is called Rose and Deon and has been published by Inverness company For the Right Reasons.

Jennie Devlin, operational lead for day therapy at Highland Hospice, said: "We are so delighted for Hollie – the book is such a great read and she has done so well to write it and have it published.

"We are very much looking forward to helping her launch Rose and Deon."

Miss Simpson wanted to thank her family friend Paul Mclauchlan for helping her make her dream come true and illustrating her first novel.

She says that she wants to continue writing and there could be a second book.

"I want to raise as much money as I can to help the Netley Centre," she said.

All the proceeds from Rose and Deon will go to Highland Hospice to help fund the centre.

The book is available on Amazon and in the hospice's 'by the river' café for £6.

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