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Those lovely caring folk at Penguin Books recently emailed me and wanted me to pass on a very important message to all you John Green fans who love The Fault in Our Stars (it’s one of my faves too. Gets me every time) and also to anybody else who might be interested, of course! So here it is:
“On 26th June, with John Green’s support, we are inviting all UK and Ireland fans of the book to unite in a ‘Night of Infinities’ and organise their own fundraising sleepovers inspired by the book. A ‘Night of Infinities’ event pack is now available to download from www.nightofinfinities.co.uk.
As I am sure you know, The Fault in Our Stars was the UK’s biggest selling book of 2014 with sales to date exceeding a million copies in the UK alone (10 million worldwide). The book which tells the story of Hazel and Gus, two extraordinary teenagers who first meet at a cancer support group, has resonated with readers of all ages.
Penguin and Teenage Cancer Trust now hope that the younger end of the novel’s fan base will be inspired to help raise money for the many young people like Hazel and Gus. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.
John Green is fully supportive and comments: “I worked as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital about 15 years ago for five months. During that time I started wanting to write about the young people I had met there… It just took a long while for that book to become The Fault in Our Stars. From that experience, I understand the importance of charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and the work they do in bringing young people together and helping them get the best possible care in the best possible environment. I would be delighted if fans of my book were able to translate that into tangible support for the charity.”
Charli XCX, whose song Boom Clap was released as the first single from the soundtrack album of The Fault in Our Stars film and achieved worldwide chart success, is also supporting this initiative: “It is incredible how passionately people have responded to the book and the film. I really hope that enthusiasm drives as many people as possible to organise a sleepover and have fun while raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust which does so much for the many young people with cancer like Hazel and Gus in the UK.”
The ‘Night of Infinities’ event pack gives you all the information you need to organise your own sleepover whilst raising money at the Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/nightofinfinities. It also includes a personal thank you letter from John for taking part, tips on how to organise your sleepover (plus advice on staying safe), real-life stories from young cancer patients and lots of fundraising ideas including: making and selling ‘Okay Cake’, sponsored karaoke of songs from the movie soundtrack and nominating friends and family to take facepack selfies.
On the night itself, there will also be live online moments which will connect all the sleepovers nationwide using social media and including a dedicated radio show on W!ZARD Radio Station, the UK’s Most Popular Online Teen Radio Station set up by teen entrepreneur James Gilmore.”
Interested in taking part? Click below:
It’s really amazing what Penguin are doing and I hope you are all able to participate and help raise money for such a worthy cause.