A Hexham family are celebrating the publication of their late son’s newest children’s book.

Andrew and Sarah Greaves’s son David died in 2016, aged 31, just 15 months after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS).

But, David’s latest children’s story, The Homesick Fox, has now been published by the family’s company Stanage Press Ltd.

The Homesick Fox, which tells the story of an urban fox, who has lost its way, is the third of David Greaves’s illustrated stories for children.

Phillipa and the Homeless Bumblebee was published in 2015, by Friends of the Earth, and reprinted in 2018 to coincide with the publication of David’s second book, Mr Snuffles’ Birthday.

And now all three titles have been launched by Stanage Press, and are available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones and other local independent book retailers.

The latest instalment of David’s work was due to make its debut at the popular Hexham Book Festival, where BBC’s Carol Malia was to read from the book.

However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the annual literary celebration was cancelled.

David, a former ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete, was able to finish his collection of children’s stories using revolutionary eye gaze technology, whilst living with the limitations of ALS.

And following his death, David’s wife, Phillipa, who he climbed Kilimanjaro with to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and his family intended to honour his outstanding gifts as a children’s author by publishing his completed works.

David’s MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) Tribute Fund has now reached £98,000, thanks to support from friends and family.