Guide dog inspires blind Shirley to write first book

Shirley Waller
Shirley Waller

A blind fundraiser who carried the Olympic torch has written a book about one of her guide dogs.

Shirley Waller, 80, of Mead Way, Market Deeping, will launch Jake’s Progress at St Guthlac’s Church at 7.30pm on July 19.

The book, written with the help of the Rev Ann Bossingham, covers Shirley’s experiences after losing her sight in 1992.

In the book she describes her early years, living a busy family life despite her gradually deteriorating vision, and her experiences with her first guide dog, Inca, but chiefly with the irrepressible Jake, who became well known locally as something of a character.

The Rev Bossingham said: “Shirley’s story is a remarkable one. There is much to smile at in this book, but also much to inspire and encourage as, through triumphs and difficulties, Shirley’s courage, wit and intelligence shine through.”

Shirley said she was already working on a sequel to Jake’s Progress.

People are welcome to join Shirley at her book launch for cheese and wine. Profits from Jake’s Progress will be shared between St Guthlac’s Church and Deepings Methodist Church.