Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Rougham: Aunty is inspired by twins’ plight to write children’s book

15:00 26 February 2013

Victoria Brock and her son Jacob, 3, aunty to seven-year-old  twins Megan, left, and Gracie Garwood, right, and sister Martha, five, with her children

Victoria Brock and her son Jacob, 3, aunty to seven-year-old twins Megan, left, and Gracie Garwood, right, and sister Martha, five, with her children's book Harriet the Hedgehog inspired by the twins' story.

Archant

HARRIET the hedgehog may not have any spikes, but despite being different she still fits in with the other hogs.

shares

This is the essence of a new children’s story written by Victoria Brock, from Pakenham, aunty of twins Megan and Gracie Garwood, seven, from Rougham, who have overcome cancer.

Miss Brock, 35, who is mother to Jacob, three, was inspired to write the tale, Harriet the Hedgehog, when the girls were diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009.

She said she has received lots of positive feedback for the book, with illustrations by family friend Helene Warren, but she is struggling to secure a publisher.

She is appealing for anyone who can help take it forward to get in contact, adding she would like a percentage of sales to go to a cancer charity.

She said: “My children’s book is about a hedgehog who doesn’t have any spikes and is terribly embarrassed about her soft skin and is frightened of how the other hogs will react to her, but once she goes out and starts school she is surprised to see that she is just as normal as all the other hogs and nobody teases or laughs at her.

“I want my book published so I can have it in hospitals, schools and given to people who maybe have alopecia, or anyone who is slightly different, to make them realise that no matter how you look you are normal and deserve to be treated as normal.”

Miss Brock, who has been writing stories since she was young, said when the girls became ill she thought about them starting school with their hair falling out and it gave her the inspiration to write Harriet the Hedgehog.

Megan and Gracie’s mother Emma, who is Miss Brock’s sister, said: “I think from the experience I have had, and I have had it when the girls were poorly - they didn’t really care to be honest – we would be walking through the supermarket and people would be staring.

“Whether it was a sympathetic stare or not, everyone who is slightly different might have put up with that.”

She added: “It’s a lovely book and anything that can help is nice really.”

Megan and Gracie were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia within a week of each other in September 2009.

The girls, who had to undergo chemotherapy as part of their treatment, were given the all-clear in February last year.

Mrs Garwood, 41, who also has daughter Martha, five, said Megan and Gracie had a check-up a couple of weeks ago and it was “all good”.

She said they were all “very excited” and “counting down the weeks” to a long-awaited family holiday in Disneyland Florida, which people touched by the girls’ plight raised money for.

To get in contact with Miss Brock, who works for a home furnishings company in Hadleigh, email vikkibrock@hotmail.com

shares

0 comments

Former headteacher of the Oakwood School Eric De Smith arrives at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing

Showing no contrition or acceptance of guilt former Stowmarket headteacher Eric De Smith was jailed for seven years for sexually abusing four boys.

BBC Springwatch presenters Martin Hughes-Games, Chris Packham and  Michaela Strachan launch the new series at Minsmere Nature Reserve.

The BBC’s new Suffolk-based Springwatch series was launched yesterday with an impassioned call from Chris Packham for the popular TV wildlife programme to be a springboard that switches viewers on to the urgent need to reverse nature’s dramatic declines.

Thousands do not use the internet

As more and more vital services move online, figures have revealed more than 15% of Suffolk residents have either never used the internet, or not logged on in the past three months.

Woodbridge.

A group of travellers has moved into the car park at the Budgens store in Hamblin Road, Woodbridge.

Speed restrictions on the A12 for resurfacing

Officials at the government’s new Highways England agency are hopeful that the speed limit on the A12 between Ipswich and the Essex border will be lifted by the end of the month.

The old Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

As a former headmaster was yesterday jailed for seven years for sexually abusing four boys, one of his victims spoke out about the legacy of the teacher’s abuse in the 1980s.

Sizewell A and B

Staff at the redundant Sizewell A nuclear power station will have to wait to find out if their jobs are safe from planned redundancies.

Matrix Fitness Women’s Team Helen Wyman and Lucy Martin attended a celebration to mark the upcoming Women’s Tour to Suffolk at Thorpness Country Club.

A seaside Suffolk venue hosted a special event amid building excitement for the arrival of this year’s Women’s Tour cycling race.

Miss Teen Great Britain contestant Emma Collingridge is fundraising for two children's charities

An Ipswich sixth form student is raising cash for two children’s charities as part of a national competition.

Shelley Singh

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 30-year-old woman from Sudbury.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages