A few ways you can help Tommy

Tommy’s back at hospital again this morning getting a tooth removed – another of those Things That Must Be Done before his treatment can start.

While he’s going under the knife (or, more accurately, pliers), I thought I’d drop by to write up a quick post thanking everyone for their amazing support so far, and offering a few suggestions for ways in which you can help Tommy and his young family during his upcoming treatment and recovery.

Ready? Here goes.

1. Patreon
Becoming a Patron of Tommy is very easy, takes just a few minutes, and can cost you as little as $1 (70p) a month. Basically, when you sign-up to become a Patron, you’ll get access to a special secret(ish) group where Tommy – or another of his author friends, if he’s not well enough – will provide you with exclusive content every month. You’ll be helping Tommy to continue to support his family and getting access to exclusive stuff. It’s an American site, hence the pricing being in dollars, but you can sign-up from anywhere in the world. Become a Patron here.

2. Donate
Rather make a one-off donation than a monthly contribution? No worries, we can accommodate that round these parts, too, and very welcome it will be. There’s a donate button on the right hand side of every page, which will let you send money via Paypal to help Tommy cover all his bills. In fact, let me make it even easier for you.


3. Buy Tommy’s Books
Tommy's booksTommy is one of the best children’s authors in the UK (I mean, I think he’d agree that I’ve just got the edge, but he’s got a lot on his mind, so let’s not bother him with that right now). Another way of helping him – and yourself – is by buying his books and helping him earn more royalties. I’m working to get a bookstore set up here on the site, so stay tuned for that. For now, though, just buy them from anywhere you can. He’s got over 70 to choose from, so you’re really spoiled for choice.

4. Spread the Word
It’s heartening to see how many people are checking in on Tommy’s updates. Tommy is regularly receiving emails from people who have gone through similar situations, thanking him for voicing the fears and emotions they went through or are currently going through, which they were personally unable to find the words for. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and while sometimes a challenging read, the blog has already been helpful for a lot of people. At the bottom of every post on the site are a selection of share buttons which will allow you to spread the word on social media. If a post has particularly moved you in some way, then take five seconds to share it.

5. Comment
Tommy is touched by every comment he receives on the blog wishing him a speedy recovery. Once you’ve read a post, take a few seconds to add your own well-wishes, safe in the knowledge you’ll be putting a smile on Tommy’s face at a time when he needs as many of them as he can get.

So there you go, five simple and practical ways you can help Tommy during his battle with cancer. There are other things you can do, of course – I’m sure you’d be more than welcome to pop round and do the ironing, for example – but ticking off a few of those five above would be a great place to start.

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Like many children's authors, the large portion of Tommy's income comes from holding speaking events and writing workshops in schools - two things he is currently unable to do. It's not all doom and gloom, though. Tommy is still delivering great writing advice - and lots of other stuff, too - via Patreon. From just $1 (about 70p) per month, you can get access to this completely exclusive content AND help Tommy through this difficult time. Sign up now!  Just click on the button below for more details. Your inbox will thank you for it!

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  1. Ooooouch I know what tooth removal is like >_< hope everything goes quickly and as painlessly as possible!


  2. These posts – yours and Tommy’s – are incredibly powerful. Usually, I don’t leave a comment because I think “how can my comment help?” So I’m really glad you’ve pointed out that they do help.

    Tommy, I hope you know how a load of people, people you’ve never met and people you have, are rooting for you.

    Rooting? See what I did there? 😉


    1. Me too, Nicola. And you had to go and steal the pun, didn’t you?

      Doing the ironing? Maybe not.

      Anyway, Tommy, we are thinking of you a lot.


  3. I hope the tooth removal went smoothly.

    All the best for the next stage in your treatment.


  4. Looking forward to the bookstore website but for now I have just ordered a selection of his books – really wish I could help more though. Best wishes to Tommy.


  5. Hi Tommy!

    It’s 1:42am in CR (Costa Rica) right now. Just finished feeding our baby and reading the (you’re) posts I hadn’t been able to catch on.
    There is really not much to say, just that your are on our minds and prayers and we are wishing you a speedy recovery! You are so brave for sharing all this with the world and your family is so lucky to count with a fighter like you! We are lucky to have meet you and will be rooting you on all the way!

    Big Hugs!!


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