Old Swinford Hospital’s Subject Leader for Psychology, Dr Jane McGee, has had her first collection of short stories published. ‘Cobweb Capers’ contains activities as well as the stories and follows the antics of five spiders living in a garden shed.
All royalties from the book will be donated to Help for Hugo and Winston’s Wish. Hugo is the baby son of Captain Rupert Bowers who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012 and Winston’s Wish is a charity providing bereavement support to children.
Captain Bowers was taught by Dr McGee when he attended Old Swinford Hospital and he became a father shortly before his death.
Dr McGee said, “Shortly after I wrote the first story, I attended a School assembly where Old Foleyans Edward Porter and Christopher Bramley and Paul Goddard, who served with Rupert in the Mercian Regiment, gave an extremely moving talk about a charity bike ride to raise money for Rupert’s son Hugo. The School really got behind the event and organised all sorts of charity fundraising ventures. I decided that I could support the charity by donating my royalties from the story downloads.”
She hopes the book will help children develop a liking for spiders rather than a fear. Dr McGee said, “By writing this compilation of short stories for five to seven year olds, I hope it will help children develop a more positive view of spiders and inspire an interest in nature.”
Cobweb Capers is available from Amazon, publisher Alfie Dog Fiction (www.alfiedog.com) and other leading internet booksellers priced at £1.99 for the ebook and £4.99 for the paperback.