A fundraising appeal has been launched to support Nosy Crow's 32-year-old rights manager Ola Gotkowska, who was diagnosed with the degenerative illness Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year.
Gotkowska's partner George Harris has launched the appeal to help her with costs associated with medication and treatments to alleviate symptoms and slow the progress of the disease, which in the space of the past year has made it difficult for Gotowska to walk unaided and affected her speech.
Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow’s m.d., said: “To watch this brutal disease take its toll on anyone is horrible. But Ola is young and showed such extraordinary promise – something that was acknowledged by The Bookseller when she was included in the 2014 list of Rising Stars. She’s been my witty, opinionated, charming, tough, clever desk-neighbour for six years, overseeing extraordinary growth in Nosy Crow’s rights and co-edition business. We are so proud of her, and so grateful to have the support of the stellar organisation, the Book Trade Charity, in helping to raise money for medication and treatments that are not, or not yet, available on the NHS.
"We really hope that people will want to help her, and she draws so much courage and comfort from the kindness of friends and colleagues.”
More information about the appeal can be found here.