Man who fought disability in childhood publishes story of his battle

Bournemouth Echo: REUNION: Anton Evans with nurse Maggie Tamplin at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth REUNION: Anton Evans with nurse Maggie Tamplin at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth

A man who has fought disability since he was a child has published the story of his battle.

Friends, family and special guests gathered in Christchurch to mark the arrival of Where Does The Sun Set? by Anton Evans.

Anton, 55, of Purewell, wrote the book to help other families who have children with disabilities.

The businessman has funded publication himself and all proceeds will go to two charities, the Childrens’ Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Anton told the Echo: “I thought it might help others if I put my experiences down in writing. I want to show others out there, who are in a similar position, how I coped and how my parents’ wonderful guidance and support helped me.”

Aged three, Anton was diagnosed with the disease Morquio’s Sydrome. It affected his bone development and resulted in a multitude of complications.

His rib cage became twisted, he had breathing difficulties, a stiff neck and it led to him being shorter in height and having small hands.

In his book, Anton describes time receiving care at Tadworth Court in Surrey in the ’60s when it was the country branch of Great Ormond Street but is now home to The Children’s Trust.

Anton has since returned to Tadworth on numerous occasions and toured The Children’s Trust, which is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

One of the special guests at the book launch was one of the nurses who looked after Anton as a little boy, Maggie Tamplin.

She said: “He is an inspiration and I am delighted to be here today. His book will undoubtedly help others.”

Anton’s mum, June, added: “We are all very proud of him.

“It has been a struggle for him but he has shown great courage and determination.”

The title of the book was the question he asked his family when in hospital in London as a child.

He wanted to know which way to look towards home at the end of the day.

The book is available from download on Amazon.

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