Barbara's tale of Grandma's War raises funds for maternity unit
07 March 2012

Barbara first penned the stories to turn into a book as a gift for her children Ian and Kathryn, but as family and friends read the stories she realised that others might like to read it too.

So Barbara decided to self-publish the book and dedicate it to her late mother, Phyllis Cheetham who lived inDenton.

Barbara, from Mossley, said: “I was always fascinated by the stories my mother told and I knew that if I didn’t write them down, they’d be lost.

“I’m really proud of the book, which starts off with what my life was like as a child during the war. I’ve tried to keep it amusing and interesting and I’ve even included some old recipes in there too.”

Barbara, who is an active member of St George’s, Mossley, Mothers’ Union and knits for theTamesideHospital’s Neonatal Unit, said: “I’ve recovered from breast cancer and the service I have received from the hospital has been second to none.

I became a Governor in 2008 because I wanted to support the hospital and when I read about the Bright Start Appeal I thought that selling my book for the charity would be a lovely idea.”

TamesideHospital’s head of maternity Lesley Tones, said: “This is a lovely gesture from Barbara. We’re delighted that she is donating half the proceeds of her book to the Bright Start Appeal.”

To get hold of a copy of Barbara’s book, ‘Grandma’s War’, please telephone Barbara on 01457 837354 or e mail