Norfolk doctor-turned-writer's new birdwatching book will support children with disabilities
PUBLISHED: 11:23 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:16 03 July 2019
A Sheringham GP-turned-nature writer is launching his latest bird book, with profits from sales going to the children's charity he set up in honour of his grandson.
Moss Taylor, who turned his passion for ornithology into a successful second career after retiring from Sheringham Medical Practice in 1994, has published nine books, also writing around 500 'In the Countryside' columns for the Eastern Daily Press and contributing to a number of nature magazines.
His latest title, which features nearly 80 photographs, is entitled Rare and Scarce Birds in North-east Norfolk.
The book lists habitats and birding activities in the area covered by the North East Norfolk Bird Club over the three years from when the club was founded in 2015.
"It was originally written for the club's website," Mr Taylor explained. "But I then decided to expand it, including as many photographs as possible and adding two additional chapters covering the many habitats in this part of Norfolk, as well as some of the well-known characters in birding."
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All proceeds from sales of the book will go to Love For Leo, which was founded five years ago by Mr Taylor and his partner Robina Churchyard to raise funds for Norfolk and Suffolk children affected by cerebral palsy.
Because his grandson Leo was born with the condition, Mr Taylor wanted to help other families by paying for treatment and equipment not available through the NHS.
The charity has since raised more than £22,500 from fundraising events, donations, profits from Mr Taylors books, talks and bird courses, and proceeds from the sale of preserves made by Mrs Churchyard.
As well as providing financial support to 21 children with cerebral palsy, Love For Leo has donated more than £1,000 to the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association (NANSA) towards its work with disabled children.
"Cerebral palsy is often due to problems at birth and results in varying degrees of lifelong physical disability," Mr Taylor said. "Unfortunately, not all the expensive equipment needed to improve the quality of life of these children is available through the NHS, nor are some of the surgical treatments, and this is where Love for Leo is able to help."
Mr Taylor and Mrs Churchyard welcome requests for financial assistance for Norfolk or Suffolk children with cerebral palsy. For more information, phone 01263 823637 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org