Author Charlotte Crowl has chosen to fundraise for CLIC Sargent by donating some of the proceeds from sales of her book, due to her personal connection with the charity.
Essex-based Charlotte was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17. After her treatment ended in April 2010, Charlotte said that she 'physically and mentally had become a different person due to [her] cancer journey'.
This was the reason she set up her community interest company Pure Helps To Cure. She then went on to write her self-funded book, Cancer | The Hidden Truth.
The book details Charlotte’s journey from diagnosis through to recovery and beyond. It covers her physical and emotional experiences.
Charlotte said: "Although cancer is the backdrop, it is also a story of a teenager's journey to womanhood, strength in adversity, the power of the mind and the body, and the love of a family and the strength this can give you."
Charlotte works with various charities, but has chosen to support CLIC Sargent specifically from July to September, with £5 of the profits from every book sold going directly to CLIC Sargent. The remaining profit will help fund complimentary therapy programmes at University College London Hospital for seriously ill patients with little or no family support.
Charlotte was supported by CLIC Sargent from diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment, so she feels that she wants to give something back.
She said: "CLIC Sargent was one of the charities that really made a difference to my experience. Things were beyond bad at times and I needed all the support I could get."
Charlotte hopes the book 'can inspire others and teach people more about not only cancer, but the things that can be linked to cancer and the journey a person goes through'.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Catherine Cadman said: "On behalf of CLIC Sargent, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Charlotte for choosing CLIC Sargent as one of her charities to support.
"The funds raised will really help us to continue to provide our services to support children and young people with cancer.
"And what a fantastic way to raise the funds - it’s so brilliant to see what Charlotte is doing now. We wish her every success with her book."
You can purchase a copy of Charlotte’s book on her website.