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Leading authors unite to raise over £50,000 for refugees in a matter of hours

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Frustrations surrounding the lack of government support for the refugee crisis in Europe came to a head this morning, and award-winning children’s author Patrick Ness has responded in a way that deserves mighty applause.

He set up a fundraising page with Save the Children at around 11.30am, vowing to match donations from his fans and the general public of up to £10,000.

Thanks to an overwhelming response he soon reached that incredible target just two hours later, and as donations continued to pour in The Fault In Our Stars author John Green pledged to match the next £10,000 of donations made to the page.

In what has turned into an amazing show of humanity, fellow authors Derek Landy and Jojo Moyes have also now joined the cause, each agreeing to donate £10,000 each as the page keeps breaking new targets.

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Children's author Patrick Ness kicked off the fundraising this morning with a Save The Children donation page

The total raised so far currently stands at well over £50,000, with the authors’ support sure to help the page reach its new target of £100,000 by the end of the day.

If you’d like to get involved head to Patrick Ness’ online fundraising page to make a donation, and share the link on social media.

Patrick Ness has been documenting the page's progress on his Twitter feed throughout the day...

Find out five ways you can help with Europe's refugee crisis right here


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