'A Long Goodbye' novel now on sale in aid of JAA

Local author Anthony Le Moignan publishes first novel, ‘A Long Goodbye’, in association with Jersey Alzheimer’s Association.

Copies of this novel are now available in our Drop-in/Office in Hilgrove Street.

• Local author Anthony Le Moignan self-publishes first novel, ‘A Long Goodbye’
• In association with Jersey Alzheimer’s Association who will receive donations from each copy sold
• Dedicated to his late father, Des Le Moignan, who lived with the disease
• Launch in line with, and in support of, Dementia Action Week (21 May onwards)
• 1,600 islanders currently have a form of dementia

Local author Anthony Le Moignan is celebrating the launch of his first self-published novel, ‘A Long Goodbye’, in association with Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, who will receive donations from the sale of the book.

The book launch is in line with and in support of Dementia Action Week.

The romantic novel, based in Cambridge, revolves around a young couple who fall in love in a care home - Emma, a married woman who works as a carer, and Simon, a self-admitted patient who has been diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Anthony dedicates the novel to his late father and well-known islander, Des Le Moignan, best remembered as the island’s foremost photographer, covering weddings, the maternity hospital, christenings and social events for over 50 years, who recently passed as result of Alzheimer’s-related illness.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is a terminal illness. It slowly destroys memory, thinking skills, and the ability to carry out everyday tasks. Currently, there are approximately 1,600 islanders with dementia.

Anthony said of the launch, “with Dementia Action Week (21-28 May) I want to do everything I can to enlighten people about this disease, the impact it has on families, and what we can do to help. Currently, there is no cure. For now, we have to focus on providing those affected with proper care.”

Mark Blamey, Manager at Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, said, “We are very grateful to Anthony Le Moignan for kindly helping to raise funds and awareness for our charity which supports anyone affected by dementia in Jersey. Our running costs are now over £300,000 per annum of which we only receive £14,500 from the States towards the cost of two commissioned services. Raising awareness of dementia is crucial and one of our aims is to create a dementia friendly community in Jersey; this is only possible if people know more about dementia.

Through the sale of ‘A Long Goodbye’ and my link with Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, I’m proud to join the fight against Dementia, and hope that in some way, no matter how big or small, I’m able to make a difference.”

‘A Long Goodbye’ is available now as paperback or eBook via www.anthonylemoignan.com. 10% of each sale will be donated to Jersey Alzheimer’s Association.

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