Book of poems penned in Flintshire joins the fight against cancer


Owen Evans

A BOOK of poems has been launched in a bid to help in the fight against cancer.

The book, entitled Witches’ Knickers, has been published by Steve Blakesley, from Rhosesmor, with the aim of raising money for North West Cancer Research and consists of poems he has written over the years.

Mr Blakesley, a former teacher, said he decided to carry out the fundraising drive after his daughter Pascha Greene was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

He said: “In March this year we discovered our daughter had lymphoma.

”She is only 29-years-old and she has had chemotherapy and is now out of the other side but feeling pretty rough but she is still with us and the prospects are very good.

”She lives down in Beford and the hospital down there is Addenbrooke’s Hospital. I was so blown away by the care and professionalism I thought I needed to so something.”

Mr Blakesley, who has published two children’s books in the past, said he decided to print a book of poetry.

He said: “I asked The Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell, where I am a member, if they could help and they said yes, we will pay for it to be printed.

”Different areas specialise in different cancer treatments and it so happens that Bangor specialises in the type of cancer Pascha had so it seemed very appropriate that money should go there. We have printed 2,000 copies so we should hopefully be able to raise about £9,000.”

Anybody wishing to get their hands on one of the books, can get one from Mold Bookshop, Bluebell Inn in Halkyn, or visit

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