Some of you may know that, when I am not penning Victorian murder mystery novels or working in a school, I spend my evenings and weekends working for a local charity called Ryedale Special Families. RYedale Special Families do a brilliant job providing support for families of children, young people and young adults with disabilities, additional needs and illness.
This support can be anything from advice and guidance to respite care and days out for young people, giving them an opportunity to socialise with their friends and engage in fun activities. I can't stress enough how much they do for families in Ryedale and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of the charity and spend time with the young people and their families.
I have been giving a lot of thought lately to what I can do to make my own personal contribution to the charity, other than sessional work. What could I do that might make a difference? I can't take part in their annual marathon bike ride through the wolds (I am not the fittest and I'm no good to anyone in a box).
And so I've decided that, once published, a share of the profits from my novel Domini Mortum will be donated to Ryedale Special Families. Also today, you may notice a few changes made to my Unbound page, with exciting new pledge levels being introduced giving more opportunities for supporting the book in getting published (and enabling it to raise funds for Ryedale Special Families). There will also soon be a new pitch video, (as soon as I can be brave enough to get myself in front of a camera again)
If you've been holding off on pledging your support or have just not got around to it yet, then what better time and what better reason is there to do it? Even if you have already pledged your support but want to do something to help me get to my target and like the look of the new rewards (signed prequels, personalised supernatural stories, brutal fictionalised murder or even a author led/pub fuelled ghost tour of Pluckley, the most haunted village in England) then remember you can 'Trade up' your pledge.
If you want to know more about Ryedale Special Families, and see the reasons why I want to do my bit for them,then check out their website http://www.ryedalespecialfamilies.org.uk/
Thank you for your continued support, it really is going to do some good now, and also please share so that others have the opportunity to help too.
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