Grieving widower sells wife’s poems

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 November 2010

Derrick and Florence in 2007

Derrick and Florence in 2007


A GRIEVING husband from Weston is carrying on his late wife’s memory by selling her poetry in aid of charity.

Keen poet Florence Brain died in July aged 91 – on the same day the third volume of her work was published.

Her husband of 56 years, retired minister Derrick Brain, was the driving force behind publishing the anthologies.

Around £12,000 has been raised so far for three charities thanks to people buying Florence’s booklets and sending in extra donations to help the good causes.

One of the organisations to benefit is Weston Hospicecare, which cared for Florence after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Now Derrick, aged 88, is hoping to sell the 1,500 copies left of the third volume so a fourth can be printed.

He said: “Florence wrote poetry practically since the day she was born.

“I hope that we can raise enough money to publish another volume as it’s a way of carrying on her memory.”

If you would like to buy a copy of Florence’s third volume of poems, priced £2.50, please write to Derrick Brain at Dew Down House, 64 Beach Road, Weston, BS23 4PE.

Please include a stamp addressed envelope and any further donation you would like to send to help Florence and Derrick’s three chosen charities.

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