JOOLS Holland and his band have contributed art and poetry to a new book by a Hampshire woman.

Ann Blake, of Godshill in the New Forest, met Jools and his band backstage at The Anvil in Basingstoke, where they performed on Sunday, June 16.

Her book, A Legacy of Love, compiles poetry and artwork by a number of authors, including Jools himself, as well as two Winchester artists - Kate White and Tommy Smith.

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At the concert, Ann's assistance dog was delighted to meet all the band members. 

Jools and his drummer, Gilson Lavis, signed 10 copies of the book, which Ann intends to auction off to raise more money for charity.

Jools also asked Ann to sign a copy for him.

Ann said: “I had a dream about doing a book full of beautiful artwork and inspiring words. I wanted it to be left on people's coffee tables and to be picked up on days when life doesn’t feel so good.

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“I've collected over 50 original artwork pieces from around the world, including many celebrities who include Jools Holland, Gilson Lavis - his drummer, Karen Attenborough and Nic Fiddian Green.

"The book has beautiful words which have come together as an inspirational book to raise money to help find a cure for muscular dystrophy and help disabled people access training for service dogs which are life changing."

Muscular dystrophy is the general term for "a group of inherited genetic conditions that gradually cause the muscles to weaken, leading to an increasing level of disability", according to the NHS website.

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