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LATE AUTHOR: Apsley writer’s book sale profits donated to charity

 Published on: 27th July 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Family and friends of an Apsley author who sadly passed away earlier this year, are hoping the sales of his book will raise much-needed funds for charity.

David Davies passed away in March 2022 from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), before the launch of his book Derailed.

The book was inspired by David’s job as a business continuity and security divisions for Royal Mail. He told his friend and neighbour Peter Ward, who ghostwrote the book, about a “near-crime”.

The book is based on the essence of what is said to be a real-life case of an abandoned attempt, at an unusual burglary.  David and Peter sought to imagine “what might have happened” if the crime had gone ahead.

Derailed helped David escape from MND for a short while each time he worked on it with Peter.  He took comfort in the thought that this book may do some good for others living with MND.

David’s wife, Kim said: “I’m immensely proud of him for writing this book with Peter and deciding to dedicate all money raised to help those living with MND.  David always lived life to the full and, even when suffering from the truly awful symptoms of MND, he was never defined by it but managed to focus on the things he could do with the help of his loving family and wonderful friends.”

Peter said: “David was a fantastic, inspirational chap, very community spirited and one of his adages was ‘don’t moan in own it’. Whatever he was confronted with, he confronted it with both hands.

“He’s a really great neighbour and he would have done anything at all, it’s a real tragedy someone like that to be debilitated with a horrible condition. He was a legend!”

To buy a copy of the book and help raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association visit




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