Cottam author’s first book raises £2,450 for children’s charity

Rachel at Cottam Primary School with pupils including her sons Fred and Ron either side

The first book by a Cottam author has raised £2,450 for charity.


Rachel Walmsley’s book Christmas Cabaret sold out within weeks, with all proceeds going to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity’s Children’s Appeal.

Rachel said: “It feels like such a positive start to 2022 to be able to send this donation.

“We were blown away by the feedback on the book and how quickly we were able to sell all 500 copies. Many parents have contacted us to share photos of their children enjoying the book.

“A big thank you to Sam Houston of Hungry Communications, who very kindly and generously covered our printing and design costs to ensure that every penny we earned could go to charity.”

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Rachel’s sister, Helen McKnockiter, illustrated the book.

Rachel said: “Helen is currently creating a new character called Dotty the Dogwalker.

“We have many more characters on the drawing board, including Don the Digger Who Doesn’t Like The Dirt and Listening Ears.”

Rachel is also writing a book for older children aged eight and up called Beans on Toast Ben.

She said, “I really enjoy this because it expands my writing skills and pushes my imagination.”

Rachel and Helen hope to do another charity book in the future.

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