Roseland mum helps to give away one million books

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8 March — 8 September 2011

A woman from the Roseland became part of history on Saturday (March, 5) as she took part in a nationwide attempt to give away one million books in a single day.

A woman from the Roseland became part of history on Saturday (March, 5) as she took part in a nationwide attempt to give away one million books in a single day.

Cheryll Hammett, 44, who lives on the Roseland, took part in World Book Day with her 8-month old daughter, Demelza.

Using the King Harry Ferry, Cheryll gave away 48 copies of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, a book she selected from a list of 25 put together by the World Book Day team.

Cheryll, who is in her final year studying for a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, said: “I am addicted to books.  I have hundreds of them and almost 1000 on my eBook reader.

“To me, reading is important and I have been reading to my baby since she was two days old.  She already has 145 books of her own.

“As Demelza has Downs Syndrome I feel it is vital I keep her stimulated and interested in what is going on around her.

“Books are one way to do this and when I am shopping I chat to her endlessly about what is on the aisles and pointing things out to her.”

In the book the lead character is 15-year-old Christopher, who is thought to suffer from Asperger's Syndrome.  After discovering his neighbour's dog has been killed by a garden fork he sets out to discover who the offender is.

Despite his difficulties he manages to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbour's dog and also discovers other surprises along the way.

Toby Budd, from the King Harry Ferry, who played host to Cheryll, said: “We jumped at the chance to get involved when Cheryll got in touch with us.

“The idea behind World Book Day is brilliant and we were more than happy to help out Cheryll and be a part of a historic event.”