Patrick Ness to match up to £10,000 in donations for refugees

Patrick Ness to match up to £10,000 in donations for refugees

Author Patrick Ness has pledged to match donations of up to £10,000 to help refugees.

Ness has set up a donation page online, with money going to Save the Children to help the charity deal with the current refugee crisis.

He told The Bookseller: “Twitter is amazing for communication and for raising awareness and getting people talking about stuff, but often it feels like that only goes up to a certain point.

“I feel like I have to do something. If we can all give money, it is something, however small.”

Ness said he hoped the online donation page would make it easy for people to give money.

The refugee crisis was brought into sharp focus yesterday (Wednesday) when pictures of the body of a young Syrian boy washed up on a beach in Turkey were shared on social media.

In France, the migrant camp known as the ‘Jungle’ has also been appealing for help and donations.

Verso London announced last week it was sending books to the makeshift library at the Jungle, while on social media author Dawn O’Porter has been instrumental in organising donations of clothes, food and more to be sent to Calais.

Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, London, is also taking donations of books for the library in Calais. Details of how to donate are on its blog.