Poetry book launched to help boost funds for new day hospice in Honiton.

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A Feniton poet has pledged to donate half the royalties from the sale of his book to help boost funds for the new day hospice in Honiton.

Ernst-Wilhelm Peters, or Peter as he prefers to be known, has released a book called Selected Poems to help local charity Hospiscare with its appeal to raise £250,000 to complete the project and provide the running costs for two years.

The new state-of-the-art facility in King Street, which is being built in the new year, will serve the community of East Devon.

Peter, who originally produced the book for his family, was inspired to help after reading about the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal in the Midweek Herald.

He said: “I wanted to help with the appeal. I’ve been a cancer sufferer, I am a retired nurse and it is a cause close to my heart.”

Peter, who worked in the general and psychiatric nursing profession for about 40 years, has been recovering from cancer himself after being diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.

He was born in Stettin, East Germany, now Szczecin in Poland, and has been writing poetry since his childhood. He arrived in the UK as a prisoner of war in 1946 from Belgium and worked on farms in Hertfordshire until his discharge from the army. Peter settled in England – marrying his wife Edna. They later moved to Devon.

Peter added: “The day hospice is a fantastic idea. The majority of people who need hospice care would have to go to Exeter if we did not have this hospice and not everyone has got a car. This will be for East Devon.”

The new hospice has been made possible thanks to a grant of £510,000 from NHS England and generous pledges from its sister charities and charitable trusts.

It is a partnership project with Budleigh District, Exmouth and Lympstone, and Sidmouth Hospiscare.

Day hospices offer a wide range of specialised therapies and activities as well as support for patients and carers.

It is hoped the new centre will open in 2014.

Selected Poems is available online at Amazon.

Anyone wishing to get involved in the appeal is urged to contact Sarah Smith on 01392 688063 or email s.smith@hospiscare.co.uk


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