First book is tribute to foundation’s work

Former physiotherapist at The Percy Hedley Foundation, Olive Surtees with her latest book.

Former physiotherapist at The Percy Hedley Foundation, Olive Surtees with her latest book.

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A PHYSIOTHERAPIST has turned her hand to writing, with her first book being an issue close to her heart.

After three decades working at The Percy Hedley Foundation, Olive Surtees, pictured, has taken up writing, and her first book is a record of the foundation from its origins in 1953 up to the present day.

Entitled ‘The Percy Hedley Foundation: Yesterday & Today’, the book tells the story of how individuals turned a vision to help families with disabled children into the charity it is today with several centres across the north east, including in Killingworth.

Olive’s book is a personal tribute to those who have played their part in the past.

She said: “I set about writing the book because I wanted to record the hard work of the people who set up the Foundation.

“Some of these stories have never been told and this brief history is for people at Percy Hedley today and others who will arrive in the future.”

Tommy Leighton, 63, and who has been at the Foundation since he was seven, said: “I remember Olive helping me in my physiotherapy sessions when I first came here and it’s lovely that she still comes back to visit us.”

The book was launched last week by ex-Newcastle United striker Malcolm Macdonald.

To get a copy call Des Bustard on (0191) 238 1304 or email desbustard@percyhedley.org.uk