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Alzheimer's poet has work published

29th December 2006

A book of poems by a writer suffering from dementia has been compiled to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Stanley Cooke was afflicted with dementia for more than 12 years. And the 46 poems in the book, called The Mornings Now They Chill, were chosen by his widow Ursula and her sons.

"Everyone who read the poems said how good they were and we thought we should have something published," Mrs Cooke told the newspaper, noting that he continued to write after developing Alzheimer's.

"It is very nice to see the poems in one book and it was the last thing we could do for my husband," she added.

Mr Cooke, who died last January aged 78, started writing as a teenager and had several pieces published.

The Mornings Now They Chill is available from the Alzheimer's Society South Warwickshire priced £5.95, £1 of which is donated to the charity.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, a leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those looking after them, over 750,000 in the UK have dementia with more than half suffering from Alzheimer's.