8 February 2012
Pat MacVicar from Underriver in Sevenoaks has finally seen her dream become reality when her first children’s book Newvolution has gone on sale to the general public.
Pat, 53 and a mother of three came up with the story as a result of a dream about rabbits with horns hopping around her garden and decided to put pen to paper during her twice-daily train journeys to Chelsfield Hospital to undergo chemotherapy for stage three breast cancer.
The book which is now on sale at Sevenoaks Bookshop and online at Amazon and on the Newvolution website took two years to write, during which Pat tragically discovered that her cancer had spread to her brain and liver. Despite being given only six months to live, Pat has been treated with experimental drugs and still continues today to fight hard. The book which has been a huge achievement for Pat will not only serve as a legacy for her children but, Pat has decided to give something back to Macmillan by donating a £1 from each book sale as they were there to help and support her during her moment of need.
As Helene Poursain Fundraising Manager for West Kent explains: 'It is so nice to hear that Pat recieved such great support from Macmillan during her time of need and we are so grateful that as a result she wishes to donate money to Macmillan. Her story is truly inspirational and one I am sure her family are incredibly proud of. We wish her all the best and hope that her book is a success.'
The story of Newvolution is specifically written for children and is centred around a young girl Lucy who sees her world turn upside down when she learns that everyday animals have evolved into far more special creatures than she thought possible. The book draws inspiration from Pat’s own family of two girls and a boy and has even been brought to life by her daughter Helen who illustrated the story.
To support Pat copies of the book can be brought from Sevenoaks Bookshop or online at Amazon and on the Newvolution website. Paperbacks are £7.99 or hardbacks for £11.9