A former Hyndburn resident has written and published a Lancashire themed short story magazine to help raise funds for local charity Community Solutions North West, who are based in Accrington.
The elusive wordsmith, known only as ‘Lanksy’, was born and raised in Lancashire, but has since moved. Although no longer resident in the area his roots remain strong, as do the memories of ‘Friday Pie Day’, from when he worked in a local factory. ‘The things I miss most about Lancashire are the sense of humour, the warmth of the people, and a juicy pie!’ says Lanksy. ‘When I decided to write a short story for a bit of fun, it was the obvious inspiration for me’.
The short story is set in the East Lancashire area, and tells the tale of three brothers Paddy Ham, Al t’Ham and Will High-Ham as they plan a romantic surprise for Paddy’s girlfriend Abbey, from Whalley. There are a few mishaps along the way, and plenty of fun to be had making it a great story for young and old alike. The story is complemented by illustrations from Jay Stansfield and even has a selection of activities and jokes to keep you entertained.
Local businesswoman Liz Pollard, who helped encourage ‘Lanksy’ to publish the magazine said ‘When I read the story, I knew others would love it too and encouraged him to publish it. Lanksy was keen for it to be a charitable project and as I’m a proud patron of Community Solutions North West it seemed like a great idea to combine the two and help raise vital funds whilst providing a light-hearted read at this difficult time.’
Copies are available from https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/life-o-pie-for-community-solutions-nw-charity with proceeds going towards local charity Community Solutions North West, who are based at Elmfield Hall in Accrington. The charity supports people across East Lancashire who are lonely, socially isolated or in crisis. They have recently seen a huge increase in demand for their services due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both digital and paper copies are available. There is also the option to buy an additional copy to be donated to a local resident who receives support from Community Solutions too.
Deborah Clark, CEO, said ‘We are always looking for new ways to raise funds to support local people in need. Working in partnership with other local businesses and fellow Lancashire residents is a key part of our ongoing success. Bringing a smile to people’s faces is what we do best, so we are really excited to be a part of The Life O’Pie and hope you all enjoy reading it as much as we did.’
For more information on The Life O’Pie and how to purchase a copy please contact Leanne Taylor of Community Solutions North West, on 01254 460080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org