More than £10,000 has been raised today (Thursday) by fans of Patrick Ness to help victims of the refugee crisis after the author pledged to match donations of up to £10,000 – and now YA writer John Green is pledging to match the next £10,000.
Ness has set up a donation page online this morning, with money going to Save the Children. He told The Bookseller that he was compelled to take action after deciding that while speaking out on Twitter was “amazing for communication and for raising awareness”, there was more practical action to be taken.
The page has currently received more than £15,000 in donations, including gift aid, from more than 350 donors.
And now American author Green has said he will match the next 10,000 in donations on the same fundraising page, meaning a possible £40,000 could be given to Save the Children to help with the refugee crisis.
UPDATE AT 4PM: The campaign has now raised in excess of £31,000 from donations from the public with author Derek Landy agreeing to match £10,000, and Jojo Moyes becoming the next writer to say she will match a further £10,000 of public donations.