Crewe fundraiser publishes Smellebrities for charity

Crewe Guardian: Susan Pickup with a copy of her celebrity endorsed fundraising book Susan Pickup with a copy of her celebrity endorsed fundraising book

A FUNDRAISER from Crewe hopes she has hit on a ‘novel’ idea to generate cash for Parkinson’s UK.

Susan Pickup has written to famous people asking them to list their favourite smells, and the memories they evoke.

Contributors to her Smellebrities book include Sir Bruce Forsyth, Kimberley Walsh, Suzi Quatro, Jeremy Irons, Alan Titchmarsh and Jane Asher.

The book, illustrated by Susan’s daughter, Jessica, is being launched at Bentley Motors in Crewe on Monday, April 15 as part of Parkinson’s Awareness week.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition that leads to progressive memory loss.

Every sale of Susan’s book will help generate funds for Parkinson’s UK to fund research into finding a cure for the illness.

Susan’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003.

She said: “It was quite a shock to be told at the age of 43 that he had Parkinson’s. Over the last ten years symptoms have become more noticeable but he copes amazingly well, continues to work part time and is so positive.”

Susan helps out regularly at Crewe’s Parkinson’s branch, helping to ensure local people affected by the illness know about the support available in their area.

A programme of events are planned for 2013 including lunch clubs, a frock exchange, afternoon tea and a young at heart group which meets at the Duke of Gloucester in Crewe. See www.crewe-parkinsons.org or call 07592554270 for more.

Copies of the book are available from Amazon and Lulu or by emailing smellebrities@hotmail.com

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