THE mother of a police officer paralysed from the arms down has made a charity poetry book.
Yvonne Williams, 69, of Martingale, Benfleet has put together 'With Lots of Love' a collection of eighty poems to raise money for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif), the dedicated funder of research at the forefront of treating paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Yvonne Williams’ son PC Arron Williams became a paraplegic after a rugby accident on September 15 2007 when he was just 25 years old.
He suffered a broken neck which left him paralysed from the arms down.
Arron was rushed to Basildon Hospital and was later transferred to Queens Hospital, Romford and he then later spent time in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.
Yvonne, who enjoys poetry, decided to ask friends to send poems they had written to create a book that would raise money for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif).
Arron, 33, married Elisabeth, 31, two years ago and the couple have a daughter Alexa who is under one year old.
With Lots of Love will be launched at The Royal Hotel, High Street, Southend on September 15, exactly nine years to the day of Arron’s accident.
Yvonne said it is her ultimate dream that a cure for Spinal Cord Injury will be found in my lifetime.
She added:"I really feel the need to do something to help achieve this goal, and so decided to try and get an anthology of poems into print.
"I thought it was a bit ambitious at first, but the encouragement I received from friends, family, and even strangers, spurred me on.
"The idea came to me after I saw that David Nicholls founder of the charity had written a cookery book to raise money for the charity and I thought my not do the same but with a poetry book.
"I want to raise £10,000 through the sale of 1000 books. I am also 70 this year and I wanted a new challenge for my seventieth year."
Arron, who works for Essex Police Force, recalls the day his life changed forever.
He said: "I remember when the doctors came in and told me that I would never walk again. I didn't believe it and I just thought no not me.
"I now rely so much on my wife Elisabeth for care as I have lost my independence. But I don't really think about it too much to be honest, I think I am lucky to have such an amazing family and great support friends.
"It is so cool that so many friends and family wanted to contribute to this book. It is fantastic that they have all helped to support my mum who has put so much work into this project.
"She has been determined to succeed as the work of nsif is hugely important to me and so many others.’
Every penny raised from sales of Lots of Love will go to nsif to enable the charity to continue to fund research which has already made a significant breakthrough in its potential to lead to a treatment for spinal injury, which afflicts three million people worldwide.
The book is available online at www.eggheadpublications.co.uk/Buy.html for £10.