Widower prints book of poems to raise charity funds in memory of late wife

Denis Rose, from Edith Weston, has put together a collection of poems written by his late wife Iris Amelia Rose, and had them printed in a book. 'Photo:  MSMP210513-026ow
Denis Rose, from Edith Weston, has put together a collection of poems written by his late wife Iris Amelia Rose, and had them printed in a book. 'Photo: MSMP210513-026ow

A widower has put together a collection of poems written by his late wife in a bid to raise funds for charity in her memory.

Denis Rose, 84, who lives in Coniston Road, Edith Weston, has printed a book to celebrate the work of his wife Iris, titled ‘The Poetry of Iris Amelia Rose’.

Mrs Rose lost her battle with cancer a year ago yesterday.

The couple had been married for 60 years and lived in North Luffenham for many years before moving to Edith Weston.

Mrs Rose had a love of poetry and after gathering her collection together, Mr Rose decided to have them 
printed.

The book has been printed by Spiegl Press and features 227 poems about nature, Christianity and life.

Mr Rose has donated them to the Cancer Research UK shops in Stamford and Oakham.

Mr Rose said: “Poetry was a real hobby of hers. It’s all her own work.

“When she showed me her poems I was overwhelmed by them and loved the joy it gave her. She lived a long, beautiful life. Absolutely beautiful.

“What I am doing with book is all in her memory.

“I know she’ll be looking down and will love what I’m doing.”

The book is on sale at the Cancer Research UK shops in Stamford, for £10, and Oakham, for £12.

Mr Rose has 50 books but may get more printed if they sell out quickly.

Mr Rose added: “The shops were delighted when I gave the books to them. They were very very grateful.

“I’d like to thank them and thank Spiegl’s for the quality of the book. They are top quality.”

The foreword of the book has been written by the Rev Trevor Dearing, a close friend of Mr and Mrs Rose.