Ribble Valley midwife and author gives inspirational talk in aid of East Lancs Hospice

Sheena Byrom
Sheena Byrom

A NEW series of events inpired by our local heroes will help raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice

“Afternoons of Inspiration... the stories behind our local heroes” will begin with guest speaker Sheena Byrom OBE, the well-known Ribble Valley former midwife and now best-selling author.

Whalley-based Sheena’s book, “Catching Babies”, recently featured in the Sunday Times Bestseller list and her audience will be treated to stories of her life as a midwife and beyond, helping to shape NHS services for pregnant women throughout the region.

The first “Afternoons of Inspiration” event will be held at the hospice in Park Lee Road, Blckburn, on Friday, April 13th, from 2 to 4 p.m. As well as Sheena’s presentation, guests can enjoy bubbly, canapes, cupcakes and a raffle. The event is being supported by a range of Ribble Valley businesses, many with strong personal motivation to help the hospice. For example, Lucy Backhouse, at Frank and Ivy in Clitheroe, is supporting the event because grandfather passed away at the hospice and she is grateful for the care he received there in his final days. Other supporters include Breda Murphy, Precious at Whalley and Seasons, of Clitheroe.

Event organiser and hospice fund-raiser Jennifer Quinn said: “This is the first of a series of events in the hospice conservatory and we’re thrilled Sheena is joining us on our launch and supporting the hospice.”

Tickets for the event cost £8 and are available direct from the hospice (tel. 01254733412), from the Hospice Shop in Moor Lane, Clitheroe, or from Breda Murphy, Precious at Whalley, Seasons or Fank and Ivy, both in Clitheroe.