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Arachnophobia Workshop Inspires Children’s Story

January 23rd, 2013

Old Swinford Hospital’s Subject Leader for Psychology, Dr Jane McGee, has had her first story published and is donating all her royalties to help the son of a former student killed in Afghanistan.

The 1,300 word story – ‘The Spider That Came in From the Cold’ – is published online and can be downloaded for just 39p.

An Arachnophobia Workshop at Dudley Zoo was the inspiration for Jane’s book.  “I attended the event with a group of students from OSH and we discovered that most people develop a fear of spiders from how these eight legged creatures are portrayed in films, stories and the media generally.” said Jane.

“By writing this story for 5-7 year olds, I hope it will help children develop a more positive view of spiders and inspire an interest in nature.”

Two charities will be the beneficiaries of Jane’s hard work.  Help for Hugo is a fund set up to provide financial support for Hugo Bowers, the young son of Captain Rupert Bowers.  The former Old Swinford Hospital student was tragically killed in Afghanistan whilst serving with 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment in 2012.  Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children, who have already been providing support for Rupert’s widow Vicky and son Hugo.

Eddie Porter and Chris Bramley, who are old school friends of Rupert, are organising a 500 km charity bike ride ‘Help for Hugo’ from 19-23 March.  Currently serving with the Royal Marines, this will be a massive challenge for Eddie who was shot through the pelvis in Afghanistan and has only just learnt to walk and ride a bike again!

How to help:

If you wish to sponsor the personal trust fund for Hugo, please send a cheque payable to Old Swinford Hospital to: Help for Hugo, c/o Mr Peter Jones, Headmaster, Old Swinford Hospital, Heath Lane, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1QX.

Download ‘The Spider That Came in From The Cold’: