Jean’s inspiring life story to hit the shelves

Former Mayoress of St Helens, Jean Almond will launch her book ‘The
Mayoress with MS’ at Central Library next week.

The book, published by St Helens Carers Centre, tells of funny and
light-hearted experiences faced by Jean, the wife of Geoff Almond, who
served as Mayor from 2012-13, and also gives a powerful message that being diagnosed with MS is not  the end of the world.

In the preface to the book, the former Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd
James Jones, pays tribute to Jean, stating that “The phrase ‘blazing a
trail’ doesn’t automatically go with wheelchairs but in Jean Almond’s case
it most certainly does.”

He goes on to say that “The book with all its stories and anecdotes will
touch you and inspire you in equal measure.”

Speaking about her book, Jean said:  “The purpose of the book is to inspire others into thinking that, just because they have a disability, it is not
the end of the world.

“During my time as Mayoress, I was fortunate enough to attend functions and meet some extraordinary people. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Jean, who has lived with the condition for 33 years but only diagnosed in
1997, will be present at Central Library on Tuesday 3 November at 2pm to
talk about her book, which will be available to buy on the day – priced
£4.95 – with all profits donated to the St Helens MS branch.

The Mayoress with MS will also be available to buy from the St Helens
Carers Centre, 31-35 Baldwin Street St Helens, WA10 2RS.