Wigan poet donates over £700 from CD sales

17 June 2016

Seventy-two year old George Melling, from Pemberton in Wigan, released his first poetry CD six months ago in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice and has already raised over £700.

Copies of George's poetry CD are now being sold in all 13 Wigan and Leigh Hospice shops across the borough, for a minimum donation of £5.

George discovered his love for poetry following the tragic loss of his son Stephen in 2002 and then his wife, Alwyn, who passed away in 2007. Now, a few years later, he mixes in circles with professional poets and performs several times a month at venues across the region. He has even headlined at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

George's CD, Th'owd Chap - named after one of his poems - includes twelve poems and is set to a background of music and special effects. It was produced and recorded by George's friends Stephen Houghton and James Mahmoud with help and support from Dawn Houghton, Walter Brown, Julia Sixsmith and Sharon Lowe.

Wigan poet donates CD proceeds to Hospice

George said: "I am delighted to be able to donate my CD proceeds to the Hospice in memory of my late wife, Alwyn, and late son, Stephen. Poetry has been my therapy and I would like to thank all my friends for helping me to make this CD. I really couldn't have done this without them."

Alan Baron, Chief Executive at the Hospice, said: "George is a very inspiring man with a profound talent for poetry. We are very grateful to George for donating all the proceeds from his CD to the Hospice and it will certainly be put to good use, supporting patients and their families who are living with a life-limiting illness."

The CD is available to buy from the Hospice on Kildare Street, all 13 Wigan and Leigh Hospice shops as well as from Symphony Music in Market Street, Wigan.

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