Book by Northampton friends earns thousands for charity

From left: Mark Bennett, Carol Dunstone, Mayor, Mayoress, Michael Bennett and a picture of Ann
From left: Mark Bennett, Carol Dunstone, Mayor, Mayoress, Michael Bennett and a picture of Ann

A woman from Boughton has raised over £3,000 for a cancer charity with a book she wrote with her friend who died from a rare form of the disease.

Carole Dunstone and Ann Bennett were both mouth cancer patients when they met at a support group and, recognising a kindred spirit, wrote their first book Trilogy: How to Help the Mind, Body & Spirit Survive Mouth, Head & Neck Cancer.

Following the release of the book, the pair launched The Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre as part of Carole’s already-established Face Fax charity, to support people with the rare form of cancer.

They soon set to work on their second book, No Time For Cancer, which they launched at a fundraising evening of games and entertainment, generating a further £3,000 for the charity.

Ms Bennett died in February but was remembered during during the launch with an emptional speech by Ms Dunstone.

Ms Dunstone said: “When I was diagnosed I didn’t know anyone else with mouth cancer - I thought it was an old man’s disease.

“After a lot of treatment I was fortunate to pull through this and, later, kidney cancer, and had speech therapy for a few years.

“We thought Ann had also made a full recovery but her cancer suddenly came back last October and, though she was very brave, she sadly died a few months later.”

When they first began writing, their first book the friends had lots of help from Northampton General Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ms Dunstone added: “We used stories about how we and other people have managed through the disease. They are positive stories that give hope.

“For me now the two books are a source of happy memories with Ann, even though she never got to see the launch of No Time for Cancer.”

Christine Gould, manager of the Dunstone Bennett service support group, said: “We work with Northampton General Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support to offer complementary support for people suffering this type of cancer and their families.

“The book launch was very successful and the money raised will help us organise our support projects, such as our Disney team who visit children at NGH with cancer every week.”