A BOOK featuring the personal tales of a Stourton teenager who at 13-years-old was diagnosed with cancer has raised more than £2,300 for charity.

Andy Westwood’s daughter Imogen, now 15, was told she had Ewing’s sarcoma in February 2014 and went under intensive chemotherapy to tackle a tumour in her upper chest, before getting the all clear earlier this year.

Since Imogen’s diagnosis, her family have been running a Facebook support group called ‘Ponies Pineapple and Chemo’, keeping more than 1,200 followers up to date with her latest developments, as well as their fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

To help raise money funds for the charity, Andy, who had never written a book before, chronicled the story from the early days of Imogen’s diagnosis, through her treatment, which included heading to America for pioneering proton beam radiotherapy, to how gradually she, and the rest of her family, rebuilt their lives.

200 paperback copies of ‘Ponies, Pineapple and Chemo: An Everyday Tale of Teenage Cancer’ were printed and, to Andy’s delight, sold out shortly after being made available.

He told the News: “They proved really popular and we shifted them all within a couple of weeks making over £2,300 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“My employers Atotech kindly contributed to the printing costs so we could maximise the donation and Emily from Teenage Cancer Trust came over to the office to receive the cheque.

“I want to say thanks again to everyone who bought one, and don't forget the electronic version is still available!”

Emily Cooper, Teenage Cancer Trust regional fundraiser for the West Midlands, said: “A massive thank you to Andy Westwood and his family who donated £2,367 to Teenage Cancer Trust earlier this month.

“We are so grateful to have the continued support of the whole family, who work tirelessly to support our work.

“Thank you so much! Big thank you to Imogen and Russell (Gregory, managing director) from Atotech too.”

Imogen, a Summerhill School student spent nine weeks in the US where she received proton treatment to shrink the tumour further and recently the family returned to the states to re-visit the places and people they met.

Andy added: “We've had some emotional reunions and have met with some other British families who are just starting treatment.

“It is a nice way to round off our ‘adventure’.”