A book accompanying the "Terry Pratchett: HisWorld" exhibition at Salisbury Museum has raised £20,000 for Bath-based dementia charity RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People).
The exhibition opened at the museum in September 2017 and was accompanied by the publication of a 60-page long "special little blue book", Terry Pratchett: HisWorld – A Brief Guide to Discworld (Clays), compiled by writer Stephen Briggs, with illustrations by Paul Kidby.
Half of the proceeds were donated to RICE, which were the wishes of the Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett before the exhibition opened. By the time the exhibition closed on 14th January, it had been visited by over 21,000 people, and "incredible" sales of the book generated £20,000 for the charity.
RICE's research is focused on the knowledge and treatment of serious conditions affecting older people, like Alzheimer's disease which Sir Terry was diagnosed with in 2007 before he died in 2015, aged 66.
Professor Roy Jones, director of RICE, who looked after Sir Terry during his illness, said: "We were pleased to contribute to the outstanding Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition. Terry’s loyal fans have again surpassed themselves so that a donation of £20,000 has been made to our centre in Bath. We are very grateful for this money which will go directly towards supporting our vital research and support programme to improve life for people with dementia everywhere."
Rob Wilkins, manager of Sir Terry’s estate, said: "The Terry Pratchett: HisWorld’ exhibition gave readers old and new, an insight into Terry’s creative endeavours, as well as his life away from the keyboard. We are delighted that we could produce a special book to complement the exhibition and support the invaluable work by RICE - one of Terry’s favourite charities."