A WREXHAM author has received a deserving award for the publication of her book which explains cancer from the perspective of a child.

Hollie McFarlane has won a Dathlu Dewrder (Celebrate Courage) award from Welsh broadcasting channel S4C for the book she wrote during chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Diagnosed in October 2022, Hollie from Gwersyllt is the proud author of 'Sometimes, Mummy feels...'.

It was during her treatment that she started writing a book for her daughter, Sydney, in an attempt to explain to her what was happening from a child's perspective.

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The S4C awards were televised on December 29, 2023, and honour the silent heroes across Wales.

As a surprise, Hollie also had the pleasure of meeting Amy Dowden, Strictly Come Dancing professional and breast cancer advocate. 

She said: "We chatted for hours and shared stories about our diagnosis and treatment. She was really lovely and said some amazing things about my book.

"She also then shared it on her social media channels which generated a lot of interest."

Since its publication, the book has been adopted by many schools and charities, including Macmillan. It is also available to buy on Amazon.


Hollie has also published a second book, 'Sometimes, Daddy feels...', which explores men's mental health from a child's perspective.

The idea is that the books will allow children to read about an adult's emotions to better understand more challenging times such as a cancer diagnosis. 

A huge congratulations to Hollie on her achievement.