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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
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Pat’s poetry is raising money for ex-soldiers

IT’S taken Eastbourne’s Pat Bradley 70 years to find poetry, but now she’s started she can hardly stop – and her published efforts are now raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Pat is a resident at The Hawthorns in Carew Road and she has already sold copies of her first published work, Chasing Rainbows, to, among many others, 30 of her fellow residents. It contains 39 poems which she penned whilst recuperating from a foot operation.

She has now penned a further 40 poems which are awaiting publication under the title, Sunshine & Showers.

It’s a remarkable late blossoming for Pat who lived in Hong Kong with her husband, a colonial civil servant, for 30 years. Much of her poetry is based on her experiences in Hong Kong and, before that, Northern Ireland where they lived.

Pat said: “I’d never written poetry but always felt that most published poetry doesn’t make much sense to the common man. I hope my poetry can be understood by and mean something to the people who read it. I cover all aspects of life, including love and war so it’s not all suitable for younger readers!

“I’ve always been very sympathetic of the cause of the Gurkha ex-servicemen who served the Crown with such bravery and honour, many of whom are now living in very poor conditions back in Nepal. The Gurkha Welfare Trust aims to relieve the poverty and distress amongst these brave men and their families.

“I am donating some of the proceeds from by books to the Trust and have already sent them cheques for £480. I won’t be selling the numbers that J K Rowling sells but every little helps. The first run of Chasing Rainbows sold out within two days.”

Pat moved to The Hawthorns five years ago and loves the lifestyle which enables her to live independently in her own apartment whilst having most things done for her. “My fellow residents have also been very supportive of my writing and I am very grateful for their encouragement,” said Pat.


Copies of Pat’s book, Chasing Rainbows, are available, price £6, and can be ordered by telephoning The Hawthorns on 01323 640088.