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West Dorset: Dorset Police rescue blind writer's work
WHEN blind writer Trish Vickers failed to notice her pen had run out of ink Dorset Police made a real impression on her.
The boys in blue came to her rescue and recovered 26 pages of her book.
Diabetes sufferer Ms Vickers, 59, lost her sight seven years ago and turned to the world of her imagination for solace.
With a love of English poetry, ditties were scribbed to entertain her mother over the years but it is only now she is embarking on her first novel.
However, she doesn’t type or use a computer but has a system of elastic bands that guide her when writing by hand.
Volunteer Carol Head comes in to type up her work.
Mrs Vickers’ son Simon comes over once a week to her Charmouth home and reads her work to her.
She was looking forward to one of his visits last year because she had been particularly inspired and had written 26 pages.
Unfortunately, when Simon looked at the paper he found nothing on it.
Ms Vickers, who used to run the Bridport gift shop Zoot Allures in South Street, said: “We battled with various ideas until we thought of the police.
“We rang them and asked to speak to their fingerprint section. They said if there was anything they could do they would be happy to help.
“I was gobsmacked and so happy.”
Her son drove her and the blank pages to Dorset Police HQ at Winfrith and waited to see what would happen.
True to their word officers in the department worked during their breaks to try and crack the puzzle and Mrs Vickers got her manuscript back last week.
She said: “I think they used a combination of various lights at different angles to see if they could get the impression made by my pen. I am so happy, pleased and grateful. It was really nice of them and I want to thank them for helping me out.”
Mrs Vickers says she only writes as a hobby but being blind she says it gives her a different world to live in.
Her book, called Grannifer’s Legacy, is about a character called Jennifer whose life implodes – she loses her job, her boyfriend and worst of all her namesake great grandmother who has always been her guide.
She has to start a new life and the story is about how she does that.
Mrs Vickers said when she’s finished she might well send it to a publisher.
“Everybody who has read it so far seems to like it and the police also said they enjoyed the bit they read and can't wait for the rest.”
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