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Writing best therapy for new Belfast author Raymond

By Donna Deeney

A serious illness has led to a Belfast man fulfilling a lifelong ambition to write books.

Raymond Lloyd developed encephalitis - a swelling of the brain caused by a virus or infection - in 2014, which left him hospitalised for three months.

During this time he lost his memory and ability to walk.

As part of his battle back to fitness Raymond was helped by Brain Injury Matters and the South Eastern Trust's community brain injury team.

They referred Raymond to Cedar Foundation, where he was encouraged to write to help with his recovery.

Prior to his illness Raymond was passionate about educating children through different mediums, including managing a puppet theatre company and acting as a youth leader.

The result is the publication of his book Albert's Clock, which is available now at the Ulster Museum, where Mr Lloyd works, as well as the Ulster Transport and Ulster American museums.

Mr Lloyd said: "I have been thinking about this for about 40 years but it wasn't until I was at Cedar Foundation after my brain injury that I began to write the story down.

"It has taken me two years, so it has been a long rehabilitation. The writing gave me focus and helped me recover my memory, which at one stage was just 10 seconds.

"The book, which is aimed at children from the ages of five to seven, is about a family who live in the Albert Clock, one of Belfast's best known landmarks.

"It is set in 1890 and covers the things the family see, but it is done with humour because I think humour is a great way to teach children about history," Mr Lloyd added.

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