Gillian Seale with presenter Steve Evans

Author’s promise to Clatterbridge hospices

A Wirral author is promising to help charities in Clatterbridge after starting a business to support families with cancer or other terminal illness.

Gillian Seale set up Tailored Yarn to user her skills as a writer and illustrator to do something special for those in a very difficult situation.

The not-for-profit company is about to publish Gillian’s first book, Post Pixie Missing in Action, inspired by her friend Elizabeth who has muscular dystrophy.

“I never expected to publish because I wrote the story just for her, but when I finished it I thought perhaps I should try and see where I get to.”

Gillian, who lives in West Kirby, told Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans how she did a lot of art therapy work to recover from a period of illness in hospital.

The Scottish-born author learned watercolour and calligraphy and decided to use her skills to write the children’s story.

But after winning an entrepreneur competition at the University of Chester, where she has been studying for a Masters in psychology, Gillian said her world was transformed.

“It was life changing for me. They gave me a grant to help me start up the business. But even more important for me was the encouragement the judges gave me.”

The book, for five to 10 year olds, features over 50 illustrations and features a pixie who sets out to find his missing twin sister.

Gillian's beautiful watercolours make her pixies jump out from the page
Gillian’s beautiful watercolours make her pixies jump out from the page

Gillian’s crowdfunding campaign has reached nearly a third of its target and, as well as publishing the book next month, she has has vowed to put the money to good use.

“Some people have been so generous I’d like to use the money they’ve given me to do free workshops in local hospices.”

Gillian, who used to work at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, wants to meet families at Wirral Hospice St John’s, Claire House and Maggie’s Merseyside and do calligraphy, watercolour, story-telling or poetry with them.

But that is not the end of the journey for the busy mum-of-three.

She also has another book in the pipeline.

Mummy’s Amazing Rainbow Mind was written to help Action On Postpartum Psychosis, a charity which supports women dealing with the rare but serious mental health illness after they have a baby.

Gillian has yet to complete the illustrations but the story centres around a little boy and grandad’s growing bond while the boy’s mother is in hospital.

She believes it may be the first book about postpartum psychosis.

And Gillian hopes to then be able to create bespoke books for parents with terminal illness so they have a literature legacy to leave to their children.