Last year (2016) I ran a two day writing challenge called “IronWriter” to raise money for Autumn Star. I spent two days writing random short stories (OK, some very short) and asking people to put money in a jar to take them away with them. Think of it like “story busking” … or something.

I raised a little over £150 pounds, I posted all the stories I wrote up to a website, and then thought… what next?

Well, this new Just Giving campaign is what’s next. If you’re reading this then you might have already seen the campaign and found my website that way or you might have heard of #ironwriter before. But, if not, no problem… here’s the skinny.

You donate money and I write a story.
Yep, it’s that simple.

You get to pick things in that story, like an object or a person or a setting. I don’t include real people (unless you want yourself in a story) and I like to keep it clean. No more than 49 shades of gray, thanks. When your story is written it will go up on the website and I’ll tweet you a hearty “Thank you” (if you’re on Twitter).

You can make it as tough as you like. The tough the better. Just don’t forget to donate.

No donation = no story, but even a £1 donation is enough.

Once you’ve made your donation, you can make your story request here:

I’m not going to write paragraphs and paragraphs about why Cancer Research is an important charity. The sad fact is that there are very few, if any, of us who have not had their lives touched, changed, knocked off course, even devastated by cancer. You may be battling cancer now, be a survivor, or have a friend or loved one who is. Please, whoever you are and why-ever you are here… find a spare £1 for the jar.

Thank you,