SHE spent years charting her fondest memories of life in the valleys.

So when keen author Pat Charlesworth died from cancer, her writing group friends found the most fitting tribute possible.

The group had her writings compiled into a book which will go on sale to raise money for charity.

The book was the idea of the Monday Writing Group, based in Upper Denby.

Pat, who lived in Marsden before settling in Hepworth with her family, was a keen member and would share her tales of valley life with fellow members.

Pat died at Kirkwood Hospice in May last year.

The group decided to have a book published in her memory and her husband, Keith, helped them compile it.

The book, called My Valleys, will be sold in the hospice’s charity shops to raise money to help its vital work.

Winifred Wheable-Archer, who runs the group from her home in Upper Denby, said: “It’s a social history of her life and memories growing up in the valleys.

“As a member of the group she shared a few of her stories with us and we selected from her writings to compile the book.

“All of the stories are very interesting. I particularly like her tale on how she managed to get a pair of Wellington boots as a little girl during the war, which like everything else were very difficult to come by.

“Writing was a hobby she very much enjoyed and I think this is a fitting tribute to her life.”

The book, which features a forward by local historian Cyril Pearce, was officially launched at the club.

It is available for £3 from the charity’s shops.