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Smokey the cat lives to tell another tale

Smokey the cat lives to tell another tale

Hampshire Rotarian, Diana Brooks, has just published her second book in the hope of raising thousands of pounds for charity.

A Cat Called Smokey 2’ follows the success of Diana Brook’s first book which is aimed at young readers.

“This is the sequel to ‘A Cat Called Smokey’,” explained Diana, who is a member of Winchester Rotary.

“Smokey is brave, generous, and cares deeply for his neighbours, especially the poor, tatty, homeless cats in his community.

“Smokey has only three legs, but he never allows his disability to stop him from doing everything which four-legged cats can do.”

Diana’s first book published a couple of years ago raised over £8,000 for Winchester Young Carers, plus two Winchester charities who care for the homeless – Trinity Winchester and The Winchester Beacon.

Diana explained that she received so much positive feedback from the first book, that a sequel had to follow.

I show children the important part whiskers play in a cat’s life, together with a few ways in which children can help to save our fragile planet – our environment is their priceless future.”

She added: “I was inspired to write a second story about Smokey through the appreciative feedback I received from many of my young readers and their parents.

“Also, my small granddaughter longed for Smokey to have kittens. Soon, four tiny kittens arrived. Sam, Sox, Daisy and Topsy.

“Smokey 2 is about the fun of family life; like most young boys, Sam and Sox have a dangerous adventure – they are saved ‘by a whisker!’

“Smokey creates the Litter Picking Wanderers Team to help care for their precious environment.

For this book, Smokey 2 will be supporting the current charity chosen by Winchester Rotary President, Ian Valentine, Friends of the Family.”

“Finally, I show children the important part whiskers play in a cat’s life, together with a few ways in which children can help to save our fragile planet – our environment is their priceless future.”

The books have been illustrated by ex-Rotarian Allen Cobbold, whose designs under the name Allen Edwards.

For this book, Smokey 2 will be supporting the current charity chosen by Winchester Rotary President, Ian Valentine, Friends of the Family.

This is a small, Winchester-based organisation that supports, through trained volunteers, vulnerable children and their families who have become overwhelmed with difficulties.

“Sadly, there are so many of them, exacerbated by Covid,” added Diana.

All money raised will go to Friends of The Family as the printing costs have been sponsored.

To order a copy of the book, visit: www.winchester-rotary.org