Battle of the books to help Alexander’s care

Rebecca Kershaw, Keisha Carrington (8) and Adele Carrington preparing for Battle of the Books.
Rebecca Kershaw, Keisha Carrington (8) and Adele Carrington preparing for Battle of the Books.

TWO intrepid authors have launched a Battle of the Books to raise money for specialist cancer care for a brave Epworth boy.

Adele Carrington and Rebecca Kershaw have taken up a challenge to complete a list of unusual tasks to support Alexander Strong, who suffers from childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.

Among the challenges handed out to the pair by friend and adjudicator Charlotte Oatway will be the one who can get their book selling in the most unlikely place and who can get the poster displayed in the furthest flung destination.

Royalties from their recently published first novels will go towards a fund to help fund stem cell treatment which is available in Germany.

Adele, 37, of Belton Road, Epworth, said: “It’s something that has really captured people’s imagination. This is a little boy who deserves every chance he gets. We’re already seeing the Battle go beyond just our region.”

Seven-year-old Alexander, of Burnham Road, is expected to be heading home this week after he underwent LuDO treatment at University College Hospital in London last week.

Alexander’s dad Mark, 46, said: “I know Adele as her parents live next door to us. They’ve always looked after us as a family. Adele and Rebecca really seem to be going out of their way to help.

“Alexander is doing OK. It’s a waiting game now as it’ll be six to eight weeks before his next lot of treatment and then we’re trying to get him an assessment in Germany before Christmas.”

Any businesses, groups or individuals who would like to get involved in the challenge can visit the Battle Of The Books for Lex on Facebook or follow @Strong_Alex7 on Twitter.

Printed copies of Rebecca’s novel Bleed Black and Adele’s book Denial are available on Amazon.