Born: March 9, 1934. Died: March 26, 2004.
My mother, Barbara Pitter, was a poet, painter, wife and bearer of three sons. Writing poetry and painting helped her through many difficult times. Following a successful fight against cancer, she tirelessly arranged fundraising events to raise money for medical equipment to help in the early detection of cancerous tumours.
Barbara first began writing whilst attending Grammar School where she wrote a cookery book that included poetry, illustrations and newspaper cuttings. Her first published anthology of poems entitled Pitter Patter Raindrops achieved local acclaim. The inspiration for her subjects came from the people and places she came into contact with over many years.
A chance meeting with a local painter inspired Barbara to then take lessons and begin painting. She affectionately became known as Beach Hut Barbara to her family and friends following her penchant for painting brightly-coloured beach huts observed in the seaside town where she lived. There followed many commissions for her paintings until fate once again played a cruel hand when the cancer returned. However, instead of giving up, her characteristic determination and zest for life saw her feverishly write more poetry and continue to paint – even setting herself targets to achieve for the short time she knew was left. Sadly, after a long and courageous battle, Barbara passed away on 26th March, 2004.
A revised publication of Pitter Patter Raindrops, including previously unpublished poems written by Barbara during her last few months, is now available in eBook format as a PDF download and can be purchased here for just $5 by clicking the PayPal Buy Now button beneath this article. ALL proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. If you would like to make a donation to Marie Curie without purchasing Pitter Patter Raindrops or if you wish to learn more about the work of Marie Curie, please visit their website HERE.
The sincere wish of Barbara’s family is that her poems may provide an element of comfort to anyone trying to come to terms with the diagnosis of a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one.
For an excerpt of Barbara’s poetry in Pitter Patter Raindrops, please CLICK HERE.