Best-selling author Josephine Cox returns to her Ribble Valley roots

Author Josephine Cox during the afternoon tea event at Northcote Manor
Author Josephine Cox during the afternoon tea event at Northcote Manor

BEST-SELLING author Josephine Cox returned to Lancashire to promote her new book and lend her profile to Wilpshire-based charity, Child Action Northwest.

Josephine was born in Blackburn where she was raised in poverty as one of 10 children. When the 120-year old charity faced cuts of £1.4m. last year, its fund-raising manager Harriet Roberts wrote to the author to ask her for her support.

“As we began as Blackburn Orphanage to help the poor and needy, I thought she might be interested in our heritage and understand we still work to help families,” said Harriet. “I was delighted when she wrote back to say she’d be happy to help and we had a marvellous couple of days with sell-out events throughout her tour.”

Ladies from the Ribble Valley and surrounding area, including Soroptomists, were invited to an afternoon tea at Northcote Manor. Later in the evening, BBC Radio Lancashire’s Joe Wilson hosted “An Intimate Evening” at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, which was also sold out. Members of the audience were invited to take part in a question and answer session and there was a sing-along of Josephine’s favourite song, “Barefoot Days”.

The following day, Josephine met trustees at the charity headquarters in Wilpshire and then went to Blackburn Central Library where she took part in a children’s book event with pupils and staff from Sacred Heart Primary School, before setting off a balloon release on the steps of Blackburn Town Hall.