25 years ago, at the age of 19, my daughter, Katy was diagnosed with MS.
This life-changing news hit my family hard and made me realise that I needed to raise some money for research. It’s a fairly simple equation: the more raised, the sooner a cure will be found.
For some unknown reason, I decided that my way of fundraising would be to write a stage play, get it published, and give the proceeds to MS research.
Being a complete novice in this field, I naively thought everything would fall into place and the money would soon start flowing in!
I'll continue writing until I can hear those wonderful words: ‘A cure for MS has been found'
From manuscript to publication
After 18 months I had completed my first manuscript and called it ‘Love Begins at Fifty.’ I then started to phone publishers, who I assumed would be eager to take on my work.
Following many frustrating phone calls I was soon brought back down to earth. I realised that getting people interested in an unknown playwright was challenging to say the least.
However, with much perseverance, I finally found myself a publisher.
My faith in the play proved to be justified because, the following year, it ran for the summer season at the TOADS theatre in Torquay. The play went down well, giving it the credibility it needed, and more importantly, raising funds for MS research.
Raising money for the MS Society
I've now written a total of 10 full length farcical comedies, all with the word love in the title. I’m pleased to say that the plays are doing well and have proved very popular in the UK, Australia and Europe.
“A cure for MS”
Ending on a happy note, Katy keeps well. So far £48,417.56 has been raised for the MS Society.
As for me, I will continue writing until I can hear those wonderful words: ‘A cure for MS has been found.’
This blog was updated in February 2021 to reflect Raymond's latest fundraising total.