Kay Patrick spent 20 years directing Coronation Street. She left the soap in 2015 and has now self-published her first novel, with all the profits going to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Kay’s book, The Trial of Marie Montrecourt, a crime novel set in Edwardian times, was released on 28 May through publishing house, Troubador.
She described her sister’s condition and what led her to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK:
“My sister is still quite capable but has lost some of her animation. She’s still my sister, but we don’t know how long that will last. What really brings me to tears is her awareness of what’s happening. She knows what’s going on but there’s nothing she can do about it. That’s the hardest part.
“When I found out that June had dementia, I wanted something positive to come out of what was a terrible shock – something constructive to arise from a condition that’s so destructive. Research is fundamental to controlling and understanding this illness. I really want to get to the bottom of it. If we can build an understanding of dementia, maybe we can find a way to control it.”
The money that Kay raises from her book will go towards funding pioneering dementia research.
The Trial of Mare Montrecourt by Kay Patrick (£9.99, Troubador Publishing) will be available from 28 May from www.troubador.co.uk as well as Amazon, Waterstones and other major bookstores. Book cover
For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org
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