Most of us can’t imagine having the time we spend with our children cut short, but this is the reality being faced by mother of two Lisa Wells, who was diagnosed with terminal bowel and liver cancer in December 2017 at the age of 32.
Only One of Me is the product of Lisa’s lifelong love of writing and friendship with award-winning children’s author Michelle Robinson. The two collaborated on this tender and moving rhyming poem, with charming illustrations by Tim Budgen, which is both a love letter to Lisa’s own daughters and a testament to the unwavering strength of parental love, a timeless message for families facing the challenges of bereavement.
The Only One of Me project grew from Lisa’s determination to leave a lasting legacy for her daughters and her desire to help other families rally against the difficulties of loss. Her activities have raised thousands for charity and huge public support through JustGiving has enabled the publication of these beautiful books. Sadly Lisa passed away in August 2019.
All author and illustrator royalties will be donated to the charities Mummy’s Star, which supports women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy, and We Hear You (WHY), which provides free professional counselling to anyone affected or bereaved by cancer or other life threatening conditions.
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Michelle Robinson Biography
Michelle Robinson grew up in Gloucester and loved making up stories and being silly. After leaving university, she worked as a copywriter for radio and TV adverts where she started writing stories in her spare time. Her picture book There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes won the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. She lives
Anna is a writer and editor of children's books who has adapted several fairytales for the Fairytale Classics series. She lives in London, England, with her husband, her collection of fluffy hippos, her books, and a large supply of chocolate. If she were a fairytale character, she would probably be the trombone player from the Fairytale Classics title BeautyMore about Tim Budgen