Nell Whitelaw is a Headway Glasgow member and brain injury survivor from Glasgow, Scotland. She was recently chosen to take part in a fundraiser for the NHS Charities Together Organisation after The Book of Hope spotted her poem ‘Unprecedented Chaos’ posted in a poetry page on Facebook.
Gary Gill from Abingdon in Oxfordshire and his Grandchildren Evalynne, aged 12, and Jacob, aged 9, thought it would be perfect to go in their book.
‘The Book of Hope’ has been a 12 month project bringing together a collaboration of screen writers, poets, authors and illustrators young and old. Contributors hail from all corners of the UK, including some as far away as Cameroon and Australia. The proceeds will go towards NHS Charities Together as a ‘thank you’ for all their hard work during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The book is large A3 sized, very heavy and has to come with its own carry case to keep it safe and sound. It has been Handmade from reclaimed wood found in our National Forest and finished with laser cut Brass lettering to give it that totally one of a kind unique look, feel and finish.
Near on each of the 100 pages were sent out by post individually to each person taking part, who lovingly wrote, created and decorated their own personal pages in their own unique style with lockdown and coronavirus inspired poems and funny lyrics before posting them back so we could build the book from scratch.
Due to the lockdown there is more to be done until the book is complete, but once it’s done the book will be auctioned or raffled to raise even more than the £2000 already raised through page sponsorships and reprint sales. To read some more of the fantastic poems, see more of the people who took part, and read more of the book you can visit their website TheBigBookOfHope.org.
We hope you enjoy reading Nell’s beautiful poem here. I think we can all agree that it is very special indeed.