Best-selling author offers chance to name character

A best-selling author is offering a reader the chance to name a character in his next book to help young people with disabilities. Thriller writer, Frederick Forsythe, is holding a charity auction to name a character in his next novel, Cobra, to rais

A best-selling author is offering a reader the chance to name a character in his next book to help young people with disabilities.

Thriller writer, Frederick Forsythe, is holding a charity auction to name a character in his next novel, Cobra, to raise money for Leonard Cheshire Disability which has a care home in Hitchin.

The author of Day of The Jackal and The Odessa File, said: "I had the honour to meet Leonard Cheshire in the early 1990s. I obviously knew of his exemplary military career and of his charity, but I was impressed to hear in detail of the work of his charity.

"My second involvement came in 2003 when I was invited to speak at a dinner in aid of Lavender Fields, in Hitchin that is home to young disabled people. I was immensely impressed by what I saw and the people I met and thought it a wonderful place.

"I will benefit from the auction as I don't have to think of a name for the character, the donor has fun and Leonard Cheshire Disability will benefit.

"The character will be a goodie and can be male or female - as long as it's not an eight syllable name I'll be OK!"

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The book is scheduled to be sent to the publisher in December and the auction will end on September 1.

To bid for the name go to www.buyoncegivetwice.co.uk/lots/frederick-forsyth-character