Readers can become characters in their favourite authors’ next books, thanks to a new campaign by children and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
SAS Sergeant turned novelist Andy McNab and popular women’s fiction writer Lisa Jewell are just two of the 26 authors taking part in Get In Character, which will see people bidding online to have new characters named in their honour.
CLIC Sargent, which supports children and young people with cancer, hopes to raise £5,000 from the eBay auction, which runs from 27 February to 9 March.
The authors taking part cover a wide range of genres including horror, romance and crime, so bidders will have plenty of choice over the type of characters they could become.
Andy McNab said: “I’m really looking forward to finding out what I’ll be naming one of my characters in my next book. “I’m delighted to be part of such a great campaign which will help support CLIC Sargent in its work supporting children and young people with cancer.”
Lisa Jewell said: “I love the idea of naming one of my characters after a real person. This auction for CLIC Sargent is a fantastic idea and I’m sure it will appeal to lots of readers who want to see their names in print.
“The eBay auction will raise funds for a very deserving charity which supports children and young people coping with cancer.”
As well as giving readers the chance to be named characters, several of the authors are offering “meet and greets” while there will also be the opportunity to bid to have dedications and acknowledgements from some writers.
Kate Apperley, CLIC Sargent eBay Coordinator, said: “We’re really excited about the Get in Character auction and are incredibly grateful to all the authors who have offered this wonderful opportunity for readers to see their names immortalised in their favourite author’s work.
“We’re hoping to raise £5,000 from this campaign and all the funds raised will go towards our work providing practical, emotional and financial support to children, young people and their families, whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.”
To find out more about the auction visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/getincharacter
To access the auction from 27 February visit http://ow.ly/tK65u
The full list of authors taking part is:
*offering a dedication and a three-chapter critique for aspiring writers.
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About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years.
Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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