A STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands man has conquered his dyslexia and swapped numbers for words by writing a book in aid of his favourite charities.
Father-of-two Matthew Wroe, from Werrington, has raised more than £25,000 for good causes over the last decade by taking part in endurance events – even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Now the assistant financial controller at JCB's World Headquarters, in Rocester, is turning over a new page in his fundraising exploits by writing a children’s book.
It's based on the iconic JCB backhoe loader and all the proceeds are going to children's charities to support vulnerable youngsters.
The illustrated book called The Little Yellow Digger That Saved Christmas went on sale yesterday (Sept 25).
Matthew has also produced an interactive colouring book with puzzles and activities which is out soon. Both are priced at £6.99 and available through Amazon.
He said: "In the past I have raised money by competing in ultra-marathons, Ironman challenges, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and cycling from Alton Towers to the Eiffel Tower and back.
"I now have two young sons so taking part in endurance events is proving more difficult.
"Being dyslexic I decided to do something where I could involve my children while challenging myself."
The book is written in a rhyming style, follows the adventures of a backhoe loader and is illustrated throughout.
Money raised is being split between the NSPCC, Ronald McDonald House Charity, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and UNICEF.
* More details can be found on the website Matthew’s set up: www.littleyellowdigger.com