Joe’s book selling well

Joe Ludgate
Joe Ludgate

MORE than 30 copies of a pensioner’s book – proceeds of which will be split between three charities – have been sold.

Hartlepool man Joe Ludgate appeared in the Mail last week in a bid to help sell copies of his life story at half price for good causes.

And Mail readers have responded “brilliantly”, said Joe, with over 30 of the books being sold already.

The dad and grandad said: “I’ve sold about 30 copies since I’ve put it in the Mail which is brilliant.

“People have come and bought them from me, some have bought two or three copies at a time.

“I always carry one on me as well in case I bump into anyone who wants to buy one.”

He added: “I’m really pleased with the response and I’d love it to continue for the charities.”

Joe decided to write a book of memoirs – called An Ordinary Life – seven years ago, on his 80th birthday.

The 87-year-old has bought back 300 of the books from the publishers and is selling them half price, at a cost of £3.50, to raise money for three charities.

Whatever funds he manages to rake in, will be split between Cancer Research UK, because his son Tony, 67, is suffering with the disease, the Alzheimer’s Society, because his wife Frances, 86, has the condition, and the British Heart Foundation, because Joe himself suffers with heart disease.

Joe, who has six children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, said: “People should just give me a ring if they would like to buy one of the books.

“It’s all for a good cause.”

Anyone who would like to buy a copy of the book is asked to contact Joe on (01429) 280949.