Toon author backs novel fundraiser

Estelle Maskame
Estelle Maskame

Peterhead teen author Estelle Maskame is offering readers the chance to have a character named after them in her next book to raise money for children with cancer.

The 19-year-old writer is lending her support to the ‘Get in Character’ campaign from CLIC Sargent.

Get in Character is a unique eBay auction that will run until Sunday (March 5) which gives readers the chance to bid to become immortalised in their favourite authors’ next book by having a character named after them.

Estelle is joining over 100 authors taking part this year with character names up for grabs from Graham Norton, David Baddiel, Andy McNab, Michael Morpurgo, Veronica Roth and Holly Smale.

Get in Character has raised over £24,000 for the charity since its beginning in 2014.

Estelle began writing the “Did I Mention I Love You?” trilogy when she was just 13-years-old and signed her first book deal at 17.

The trilogy is now an international bestseller and she’s currently working on a new Young Adult novel.

Estelle, said: “I’m delighted to take part in the CLIC Sargent “Get in Character” campaign as it’s an interesting, creative way to support the charity. CLIC Sargent has helped my family personally, so I’d love to help give back!”

Last year CLIC Sargent supported 613 children and young people in Scotland giving out grants totalling £76,576.60.

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Director of Income and Engagement at CLIC Sargent, said: “We can’t thank all the authors enough for being so generous with these once-in-a-lifetime offers for book fans. Every bid and the money raised from the auction will make a massive difference in the fight against cancer for children and young people across the UK.”

For the once-in-a-lifetime chance to have your name in one of your favourite books and for more information about Get in Character campaign, go to www.clicsargent.org.uk/getincharacter.