Posted on Tuesday 25 February 2020

in News, Press releases

Top authors including Jennifer Niven offer fans the chance to appear as a character in their next book

More than 50 well-known authors are this year offering book fans the chance to have their name appear in their forthcoming novels, or bid on signed books to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

CLIC Sargent’s Good Books auction, which is being supported by some best-selling authors including Jennifer Niven, Lisa Jewell, Dorothy Koomson, and Gillian McAllister, runs on eBay between Monday 2 and Sunday 8 March. The highest bidders for each author will get the opportunity to have a character named after them in their next book.

Jennifer Niven, a New York Times and international bestselling author of All the Bright Places, said: “I am so honoured to be a part of an effort to bring bright places to young children with cancer. Every child should have the chance to thrive, not just survive!”

Other items being auctioned include signed books from authors Andrzej Sapkowski, Marian Keyes, Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman, Simon Kernick, Kate Atkinson, Dermot O’Leary and Michael Caine. Since launching six years ago, the campaign has raised over £35,000 for CLIC Sargent.

The family of five-year old book-lover, Toby Holder, from Devon, are supporting the campaign after Toby received a shock metastatic germ cell tumour cancer diagnosis when he was just two years old.

Toby's parents read to him a lot in hospital and he always wanted books from the reading stand in Exeter hospital.

During Toby’s treatment, the family were supported by CLIC Sargent who provided financial, emotional and practical support, including a stay at one of the charity’s Homes from Home, CLIC House in Bristol. This meant they were able to stay for free to be close to Toby during treatment, and to remain together as a family many miles from home.  
Adam, Toby’s dad, said: We would not have coped without CLIC Sargent. I think CLIC Sargent made the difference for our family between coping and just not coping at all. Without CLIC House and the people that worked there, it would have been really difficult – we had no friends or family in Bristol, it was just me and my wife.” 
We read to Toby a lot in hospital and he always wanted books from the reading stand in Exeter hospital. The characters in books such as Hairy Maclary and Friends helped us get through long days of chemotherapy where Toby was hooked to a machine, sometimes for 11 hours at a time. It was a way for us to enjoy something together. 
In April 2018 the family were told Toby was in remission. He started school in September last year and is doing really well. 
Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: It’s great that so many authors are supporting our 2020 Good Books campaign, and thanks to them, fans have a chance to be part of their favourite author’s next book. No matter what your taste in books, there is something for everyone for the list this year. The money raised from Good Books will enable us to be there for more children like Toby and their families, and help us limit the damage that cancer causes to young lives.”

Visit from 2 – 8 March 2020 to place your bid and get into CLIC Sargent’s Good Books.

Notes to editors 
For more information, an interview or images, please contact Alison Millar at CLIC Sargent – / 020 8752 2902
About cancer in children and young people 
Today, 12 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that 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 
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit 
Note to sub editors 
Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above. 

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