Publishers donate to Ness' fundraising campaign

Publishers donate to Ness' fundraising campaign

Publishers including HarperCollins and Egmont have made donations each to a fundraising effort for Syrian refugees, while bookshops and authors continue to raise money and give donations.

Author Patrick Ness’ fundraising effort has so far raised more than £610,000, including Gift Aid and pledges yet to be paid.

Yesterday (Monday), Hachette UK became the first of the big publishing houses to donate money to the campaign. The publisher donated £10,000, and said it would give another £10,000 when the public fundraising reached £1m.

Clare Harington, Hachette’s communications director, said: “We've all been moved by the terrible pictures and news coverage of the refugee crisis and so we are very pleased to make a contribution on behalf of our staff and authors, many of whom are also making their own contributions or doing their own fundraising.”

Penguin Random House donated £15,000, with HarperCollins and Egmont donating £10,000 each.

Suzanne Collins became the latest author to match £10,000 of public donations, joining writers including Paula Hawkins, John Green, Philip Pullman, David Nicholls, Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

The fundraising began on Thursday (3rd September) when Ness said he would match £10,000 in donations made to Save the Children via a Virgin Money Giving page he set up.

Since then dozens of authors have matched public donations of £10,000, and people across the publishing industry have also donated via a variety of fundraising efforts.

Meanwhile bookshops have been raising money too.

The Book Case in Hebden Bridge held a raffle at the weekend, and raised £400, which it is donating to Ness’ campaign.

The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, London, has been collecting donations of books to be sent to the library set up at the Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle. It has now received so many books it has asked people not to send any more, although it is still collecting money for the library.

The Yellow Lighted Bookshop, which has two outlets in Gloucestershire, has also backed The Big Green Bookshop’s campaign.