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Patrick Ness has just fundraised £80,000 with the help of other YA authors John Green, Derek Landy and Jojo Moyes


This morning, Patrick Ness, author of ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’ and international bestseller, woke up and decided he had enough of hearing about the tragedies surrounding the refugee crisis. He decided to act.

Setting up a donation site with Virgin Money Giving, he asked anyone and everyone who could possibly donate to do just that – whether that be £1 or £1000 – with the goal of £10,000. Which he promised to match.

Throughout the day, he was surprised again and again by the generosity of people, and even more so when  he reached his £10,000 marker by lunch time – only 2 hours later.

And then that’s when things got really interesting. Suddenly, John Green published a tweet, promising the same thing as Ness – £10,000 matched.

But the generosity didn’t stop there, and soon Derek Landy, author of the bestselling ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series and MP! favourite ‘Demon Road’, and Jojo Moyes, author of ‘Me Before You’ had also promised another £10,000 each.

And it kept going. This colossal outpouring of compassion and kindness translated into the achievement of £80,000 in less than 6 hours after Ness had posted his first tweet.

We’re blown away by the sheer generosity of so many givers, with special mention to our fave YA authors, and would really encourage as many of you as possible to give to this amazing cause as well, no matter how small the donation may be.

Want to get involved? Simply follow one of Patrick Ness’ links to his fundraising site and follow the instructions from there.

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Written by Laura Fulton

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