CHARITIES are being offered CD audiobooks by a former Sheffield children’s author.
Diana Stimely, of Norton, wrote several adventure tales inspired after the birth of her first great-grandson.
The 72-year-old, currently a Liberal Democrat city councillor for Ecclesall, found 1,000 audiobooks of her stories when having a clear-out at her home.
The books include Joe and Sydney: Detectives of the Universe, Hector the Labrador, A Bunny’s Tale and Trouble in Heaven.
Diana said: “I used to have a GrannyTime website and sold lots of the books and CD audiobooks but time has gone on and I closed the website down and packed the CDs away.
“A few weeks ago, I decided to redecorate one of my rooms – and I was so surprised to find I had 1,000 of the CDs.
“As I am a Sheffield councillor now and don’t have time to breathe, never mind sell my CDs, I decided to give them away.
“I would like to give them to charity organisations for children.”
Diana, a retired sales and marketing worker, said she was inspired to start writing after the death of her mother and birth of her first great grandson in 2000.
She recalled: “When my great grandson was born, I wanted to bring a present and I bought a cuddly lion but he had an allergy so couldn’t have it and I had to bring the lion home.
“I am also a Leo and I decided to write a book with the lion as a character - so I came up with Joe and Sydney.
“Joe is a boy and Sydney is the lion and it is about their adventures together.”
Diana, who continued to write other stories, added: “I wrote stories for the next few years until I started campaigning in local politics in 2007 and became a councillor in 2011.
“The books always went down well and I’m sure they might be useful for charities working with children in Sheffield. Anyone interested should get in touch with me.”
■ Groups interested in the audiobook CDs should email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.