Jess Hempshall's Writing Challenge

31st July 2017


One of our fantastic fundraisers Jess Hempshall is organising a very unique fundraising idea to help raise funds for the £1m Centre Appeal and you can find out about it below...!

By Jessica Hempshall

I've written a book to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia and the inspiration behind the book was meeting my friend, Fiona, as thanks to Cure Leukaemia she has been in remission for 3 years.

People can get a copy by donating £5 to Cure Leukaemia via my fundraising page HERE and then sending me their address so I can post it (Please note that there's limited availability, but I'll keep everyone updated on how many I have left). 

As for the book itself, here's more information...

I had the initial idea in April and got approval from James McLaughlin at the beginning of May. It took around 8/9 weeks to write. The reason why I called it 'All You Need Is Blood', was as a play on words for all you need is love (hence the love heart on the cover!), but mainly because anyone can be affected 'All You Need Is Blood'. 

It has 24 pages, if you include the dedication page, photos and contents page. It includes a 'Where It All Began' section, which explains why I've chosen to support CL; as they saved my friend's life. 8 poems I've written dedicated to CL (I recently won 2 international poetry contests), some puzzles to keep the patients occupied and a section to help them socialise, Fiona telling her journey from a patients perspective and then an epilogue and acknowledgements page. I've also included CL's website at the end of the book too, for if anyone reading wants to stay updated on future progress.

Alongside the book, I'm also working alongside Realistic Poetry International (the website where I won both competitions, which is based in Arizona), who very kindly created a new contest dedicated to my fundraising. It costs $5 to enter and $1 from each entry is going to CL. I'm judging the contest, which ends on Aug 1st, so they're also donating an additional $100 for me judging it. You can see more about the contest HERE.


Everyone at Cure Leukaemia would like to thank Jess for her incredible fundraising!

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