Teenager’s poetry about mum to be included in competition book

Edward Cain of Fleetwood who has written a poem for the poetry rival's competition. It's about his mum and her help with the Kai's New Leg's Appeal.
Edward Cain of Fleetwood who has written a poem for the poetry rival's competition. It's about his mum and her help with the Kai's New Leg's Appeal.

A Fleetwood teenager has penned a poem about the love for his mum – and now it’s going to be published.

Edward Cain, 15, was inspired to write the poem after seeing his mum’s commitment to raising money for Kai Hodgkinson, who needs an operation to help him walk.

The teenager, who regularly puts pen to paper,said he set out to write this particular poem for mum, Lesley, to express how special she is to him.

He decided to use what she has done for Kai as an example of why she means so much.

The poem was entered in national competition ‘Poetry Rivals’ and will be included in their 2013 book.

The Cardinal Allen RC High School pupil said: “It was about my mum at first, but it mentions about Kai as well.

“I enjoy writing poems. I write simple rhyming poems, short and sweet.

“Sometimes I know what I want to write, but can’t find the words. This one took about an hour to write.

“I’m really pleased it’s going to be published.”

The competition is split into three age groups and Edward’s poem was entered into the under 16’s section.

Aimed at aspiring poets, the competition aims to help people express themselves through poetry, gain confidence in creative writing while introducing them to to performance poetry.

Edward is now waiting to see if his poem has made it through to the next stage of the competition.

Mum Lesley Cain added: “I am extremely proud of him, he’s done incredibly well.”

Lesley, who works at Richardson’s Fish and Chip shop on Poulton Road, has organised many fundraising events for Kai’s New Legs Appeal.

She has organised charity nights, a school reunion, music events and festivals and much more.

She said: “I didn’t know the family at first but when I heard about Kai needing to raise so much money to get to America for surgery, I just wanted to do my bit to help him.”

Kai’s dad Brian Roberts added: “We think it’s really sweet a young lad has written a poem like that.

“Not many kids of his age would do that, he has a lot of respect for his mum and we wish him luck in the competition.”

Kai has cerebral palsy and needs selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery to help him walk unaided. Some £60,000 is needed to get him there.

If Edward secures a place in the top 50 he will be entered into a slam final where he will have to read his poem aloud in front of a panel of judges.

Edward’s Poem:

From the very start I loved my mum,

even when I was in her tum.

She got me what I wanted at Christmas times,

even when she didn’t have a lot of dimes.

She supported me in times of need,

even now I’m older I still follow her lead.

Raising money for a boy called Kai,

he needs an operation and the money to fly.

To America where the deed can be done,

to straighten his legs and help him run.

This is why I love my mum.

She’s kind, she’s fun and she’s my mum.