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Grandad's memories of WW2 collected in aid of Sobell Hospice
A WORLD War Two veteran’s stories from when he went to war at 17 are being published to raise money for a hospice charity.
Darren Storm, of South Ruislip, has published the memories of his grandfather, James Arthur Hills, during his time in the Army.
Profits from the book are being donated to Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood, where Darren’s mother, Linda Storm, spent time before she died.
“I wanted to give something back to the hospice as a thank-you for looking after my mum,” said Mr Storm.
“I know my grandad spent a lot of time writing and it’s great to know his legacy will live on through the book.”
Mr Storm, 31, and his father Francois, 63, had the book published as a surprise for his grandmother, Helga Hills.
The book’s stories are based on notes written by Mr Hills, who died in 2000, aged 75.
It is called Hold My Hand… It’s Dark and is now available on Amazon and Kindle.
Mr Storm is also publishing a second book written by his grandfather, called The Long Way Home, about his time growing up in care, of which the profits will also be donated to the charity.
Michael Sobell is the specialist palliative care centre at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood.
“We are really delighted and honoured that Mr Storm is donating all the proceeds of his book,” said Laura Kaye, of the hospice.
“He is helping towards vital patient care.”
The 36-year-old hospice looks after people with life-limiting illnesses in its 16-bed in-patient unit and day therapy centre.
It relies heavily on charitable donations as it costs £6,000 a day to maintain its current level of care, £2,500 of which comes from donations.
To buy Mr Storm’s Books go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hold-My-Hand-Its-Dark/dp/0755216067