Vicar brought to book for charity

A VICAR is using his talent for the written word to raise cash for charity.

The Rev Phil Hughes will be giving the profits from his book If God Had Granted Me A Son: The Life and Works of Richard Crashaw to the Cardiomyopathy Association and the coronary care unit at Shropshire’s Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The 51-year-old – vicar of Seghill, Seaton Delaval and Holywell and assistant area dean for Bedlington – has dedicated the book to his brother David, who died of heart failure last year, aged 47.

Rev Hughes said: “David died after several years of struggle with dilated cardiomyopathy, which means he had heart failure in every part of his heart.

“He spent so much time at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital’s coronary care unit, and it’s where he passed away.

“I want to help those who are suffering, and the hospital needs pieces of equipment for the heart ward.”

Having already raised £1,000 for the Cardiomyopathy Association with his first book on Crashaw in 2007, Rev Hughes, originally from Shropshire, is expecting the second edition to fetch around £2,500.

Crashaw, born in 1613, was part of the 17th century’s metaphysical school of poets and specialised in religious poetry.

Rev Hughes said: “I am really proud to have produced another book, and I hope that people who have never heard of Richard Crashaw before might, out of curiosity, buy the book.

“He is a poet who strived to be close to God, and his poetry is just inspirational.

“It is all for a very good cause, and it will go to help current suffers of heart conditions.”

If God Had Granted Me A Son: The Life and Works of Richard Crashaw is a limited edition and costs £10. It is available at Seghill Vicarage, in Mares Close, or by e-mailing p.hughes.1@btinternet.com