Steve Berry is made Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Steve Berry, author of Behind the Sofa, has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The recognition follows his exceptional support as a fundraiser and spokesman for the charity. Steve, from Ware, joins a small but growing group of 23 Champions – supporters who have gone above and beyond to help the charity in its mission to defeat dementia. The 42 year old began supporting the UK’s leading dementia research charity after losing his mum, Janet, to early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2009. He has taken part in numerous media interviews to raise awareness of…

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On the second day of Christmas . . .

. . . it’s Boxing Day! But did you know that today is also St Stephen’s day – the one made famous by Good King Wenceslas? It’s one of the best Christmas carols there is, so here’s a sing along to get you in the Christmassy mood. And what could be more Christmassy than a tale of Kings, snow and goodwill? Well exactly! So first I’m going to recommend a wonderful novel by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s called The Name of the Wind, the first of The Kingkiller Chronicles (see how I got kings in?) and it features one of the…

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Orion/Gollancz Charity Auction for the Samaritans

This year the Orion Publishing Group – of which Gollancz is a part – has chosen the Samaritans as our Charity of the Year. Most people in the UK will know of their work, but for those that don’t (or are overseas), this is how they describe themselves: Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. They’re a fantastic and important service, run by volunteers, and a worthy recipient…

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