Tŷ Gobaith has long been a beacon of hope in the local community.

Those are the words of a respected author who has chosen to donate all profits from his latest book to our hospices.

Michael Lewis Owen has penned Carry Your Shoes and Come, a collection of over 100 poems reflecting on both Old and New Testaments in the Bible.

Edited by his friend Ann Tegwen Hughes, both were adamant that they wanted to support the hospices.

Michael Lewis Owen and Ann Tegwen Hughes at Tŷ Gobaith

Professional care

Michael said: “Tŷ Gobaith is a place that cares professionally for the most vulnerable children and their families.

“We have supported them over the years with buying raffle tickets, playing their lottery and donating the funeral collection from a much-loved grandfather, father and husband.

“I recall my wife and I pushing our son in a buggy up and around the lanes above Llanfair TH to raise money for Hope House/Tŷ Gobaith on a sponsored walk. This was as long ago as 1990.”

His new book came about during the lockdown periods of the Covid-19 pandemic in which Michael had time to write the poems and then take his body of work to retired university lecturer friend, Ann Tegwen Hughes who offered to edit the collection for him.

Author Michael Lewis Owen

Light out of darkness

Ann said in her introduction to the book: “Over these past strange years, we have all realised how often we need someone in our lives.

“There is guidance and hope here in this book. The final sections suggest ways of being mindful, of using prayer and meditation, of heeding warnings, but ultimately, greeting the sun into our lives.

“We are so proud to support the hospices in their work.

“They make light out of the darkness.”

The book Carry Your Shoes and Come is available to order in paperback for just £10 from Amazon.

Buy it here