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Benedict's Brother, Tricia Walker, WW2, POW, Japan

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has partnered up with best-selling book, Benedict’s Brother, which is carrying on the legacy of the late author – Tricia Walker who died earlier this year. The book (set to become a major motion picture soon) tells the story of a young woman, Benedict, whose late uncle leaves a request for her to scatter his ashes from the River Kwai in Thailand. Without previously knowing of his past ordeal, she goes on to discover that he was a former Japanese prisoner-of-war in WWII and forced to work on the railway.

Sales of Benedict’s Brother aim to support SSAFA’s work with the Armed Forces community, increase knowledge about this chapter of Britain’s military history in schools and to lift the gagging order on all soldiers involved in the conflict in Japan – whilst keeping the memory of Tricia alive.

For every copy of Benedict’s Brother sold, a donation of £3 will be made to SSAFA – with an overall target of £42,000 being set to help SSAFA support the military community.

 Mike Curry, Managing Director of Benedict’s Appeal said: “Tricia wanted to show her appreciation to all of those men and women who have served our country, especially those who never came home, those who suffered in war, and still do, and their families who sometimes have to bear even greater suffering long afterwards. It was a project close to her heart and we are proud to continue her legacy with this new partnership with the oldest tri-Force military charity.”

 Rebecca Keaveney, Head of Commercial Operations at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: “We are honoured to be involved with Benedict’s Brother. The book is an important tool in opening up discussion about a conflict shrouded in secrecy for many years. SSAFA was there during WWII supporting those fighting and those left behind on the Front Line, it means a great deal that the money raised through this partnership will help us continue to do the same today”.

Biography: Tricia Walker (8 February 1964 – 8 January 2018)

Patricia Margaret Walker was a Yorkshire-born author who lived in Bournemouth on the UK south coast. Her first novel BENEDICT’S BROTHER was Borders biggest-selling debut launch of an unknown author throughout its UK stores and was selected as a Top3 Book Of The Year by Publishing News. Writing from an early age words played a large and defining part of family life, her father Peter came to prominence as the writer of the Constable series of books, which were the inspiration for the hugely popular and long running ITV drama Heartbeat. Benedict’s Brother was Tricia’s first novel.

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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 73,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts. 

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