Words by Smiley Team
A young, budding author has raised more than £1,000 for a charity that looked after her poorly baby sister.
Six-year-old Evie Mayren, from Greater Manchester, wrote and published The Teeny Tiny Plumber to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley after the charity cared for her family whilst her sister Martha spent time in intensive care.
Inspired by Britain's Got Talent judge and award-winning children's author, David Walliams – and the time she spent at Derian House with her familyn – Evie came up with the idea for her book during the summer holidays.
The book caught Walliams’ attention, and, to congratulate Evie, he sent her a signed copy of his own book Gangsta Granny.
Evie visited the Derian House drop off her grand total of £1,024, which will go towards looking after Derian’s 450 families, like Evie’s, each year.
Evie's mum Sarah, 36, who is a teacher, said: "When Martha was born she wasn't breathing and spent five weeks in intensive care.
“Derian House stepped in and made us feel supported while also allowing us to spend time together as a family.
“Derian is full of some of the kindest, hardworking people I have ever met and we want to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity."
Kerry Pritchard, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “Well done to Evie who has not only written a brilliant book but who has also kindly chosen to use the money raised to help other families here at Derian.
“It costs £5.7million to run our services and just 17% of our funding comes from the government so we rely on kind donations from the public to be able to run our services.”
BUY THE BOOK: The Teeny Tiny Plumber is about a little girl plumber who gets turned teeny tiny by a nasty witch and you can still get a copy for £3 by contacting [email protected].
SUPPORT: You can support the charity and find out more about Derian House by visiting their website.