Tommy is ill

The title of this blog post should come as no real surprise, of course – Tommy’s illness is the entire point of the blog. However, right now, he’s really ill. I’ve just spoken to his wife, Kirsty, and Tommy is really going through a very rough time of it.

The doctors advised that he would continue to feel worse in the few weeks following his treatment, but even then, Tommy didn’t expect it to get this bad. He is suffering from confusion and hallucinations. Between that and the weakness in his legs, he is unable to stand for long, and has fallen several times over the past few days.

The doctors and nurses say this is partly as a result of the treatment, and partly due to dehydration, as Tommy has been struggling to keep liquids down – even those taken via his stomach peg.

Although Tommy knew his illness and treatment would take away his ability to run school events, he hoped to keep writing. However, this has not been possible, and now his family income has plummeted even further, to the point of being virtually non-existent.

If you’ve enjoyed reading Tommy’s blog (‘enjoyed’ possibly not being the right word), then I urge you to please donate via the Paypal link on the right. Any amount, however small, will help take away a little of the strain Tommy is under, freeing him up to put all his energy into getting better.

If you can’t afford to donate, then you can still help. Spread the word. Share Tommy’s posts. Encourage your friends to give what they can.

If you’ve thought about donating in the past, but haven’t got around to it, now is the time. This is Tommy’s hour of need. Please help.

Hopefully the Donate button should appear above, but if not, try this link.

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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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46 Comments


  1. Small donation gladly made. Thinking of you (all) at this utterly awful time. Stay strong. This will all be behind you one day soon. Xx

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    1. Thank you, Sally, it’s very much appreciated.

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  2. Definitely going to spread the word! Hope things get better soon.

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  3. Is there any way of putting a PayPal link within the blog article? On a smartphone the PayPal link doesn’t seem to be appearing for me?

    Thanks and wishing Tommy the best.

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    1. Thanks, Jo, that means a lot.

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  4. Small donation made, and blog shared. The last thing a family should be worrying about at time like this is paying the bills. Sorry I couldn’t give more.

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    1. Any donation at all is massively appreciated, Hedda. Thank you so much, and thanks for sharing, too.

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  5. I’ve followed this blog since the beginning though I’ve never commented before. I’m so, so sorry that Tommy is suffering so much right now. I’ve been checking back here daily, and feared the post-treatment crash was the reason things had gone so quiet. I am sending all my best wishes to Tommy and his family, and I hope that things start to improve really soon. I’ve made a small donation. I wish it could be more. xx

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    1. Helen, you’re a star. Thank you so much (and thanks for finally commenting!)

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  6. Done. Sounds utterly miserable, poor Tommy. xx

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    1. Thanks, Louie, you’re a legend 🙂

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  7. Sounds awful. We are giving a small amount a month – can’t afford more, sadly, but… glad to have news, was worried by the silence,. good luck, Tommy.

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    1. Liz, you’re an absolute star. Thanks you! x

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  8. Will donate as soon as I’m home from work. I know the power of something like this as a kind soul recently did the same for my sister in Canada who has been in hospital for 3 months. As a freelancer, she’s in poverty, but friends and family have come through for her. I will gladly do the same here. Give my love to Tommy xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Cat, you’re a star (as always). Sorry to hear about your sister. 🙁

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  9. Tommy doesn’t know me from Adam (Eve?) but I know lots of his friends. Small donation made with best wishes.

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  10. Hi Barry – for some reason the link just leads me to my PayPal account without any info on Tommy. Do you have his email address or the PayPal username account so that I can donate please? Thanks, Caroline

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    1. Hi Caroline,

      I do indeed. Not sure why it’s not working – seems to be working OK for others. You can send any donation to: tommydonbavand@googlemail.com

      Thank you!

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      1. thank you Barry – successfully donated. I for one am perfectly happy for my Patreon money to go to Tommy whether or not he sends any updates, if that makes a difference.

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    2. Same happened to me when I was on my ipad but I just tried on my laptop and it worked fine.

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  11. Have sent a small donation. Sending best wishes

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    1. Hi Carrie,

      Many thanks! 🙂

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  12. Sounds absolutely dreadful. I want to donate and have signed up to PayPal to do so, but what address/ bank account/whatever should I send it to?feel so sorry for poor Tommy and his family.

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    1. You should be able to just click the Donate button and it’ll do it all for you, but if not you can send to the following email address: tommydonbavand@googlemail.com

      Thank you for anything you can do – it’s hugely appreciated.

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      1. Barry, I don’t know if this is irrelevant but the email address (on the paypal link) is an AOL one, not the googlemail one. Apols if I’m confusing the issue.

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        1. Hi Nicola. Where are you seeing the AOL link? I can’t see it anywhere.

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          1. On the receipt I got from Paypal. It says, “This email confirms that you have donated [£XX] GBP to Thomas Donbavand (tommydonbavand@aol.com) using PayPal.

            He may have both email addresses in the Paypal system – that’s common – but if it’s only that one then that’s the only one that would work.


          2. Nicola – it says that on my PayPal payment as well – his AOL address even though I paid using his gmail address, so hopefully it all goes through to Tommy. But would appreciate you checking that out, Barry, if you are able to. Thanks x


  13. When my youngest son was six he was diagnosed with very severe dyslexia, and over the years he was reluctant to read, mostly because he found it so difficult. A few years later Tommy found out about my lovely boy and sent him a brilliant parcel of his Barrington Stoke books, and a lovely note.

    That boy is now nearly 16, and in the middle of his GCSEs. Those were the first books he read, and he still talks about them, and about Tommy, and how kind he was to him. It meant so much and made a huge difference. We’re all very grateful for Tommy’s kindness, and have made a contribution to the fund which is far too small, given all that Tommy gave to us.

    Tommy, we’re all thinking of you and wishing you well. Much love.

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    1. What a tribute to a great bloke. I’m doubly glad to support his patreon now.

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  14. Can’t donate, sadly, but will happily share. Keep fighting, Tommy.

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  15. Done and sharing – poor Donvaband family – will also update my blog due to go on tour on Saturday xxx

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  16. Done. It’s bad enough thinking of Tommy suffering so much physically without him having to worry about money. Really so hoping he will begin to feel better soon.

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  17. Tommy and his army of friends fight cancer!
    Donation made. Best wishes to all the family, hope to read that Tommy is feeling stronger in very near future.

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  18. Just wondered – did mention to another friend of Tommy’s some time ago about the Royal Literary Fund – do hope they have been able to help. So sorry for all Tommy and his family are going through, and am contributing in a small way.

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  19. Lots of virtual hugs, a day at a time, an hour at a time. I will donate later. Not done it online before.x

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  20. A small donation considering all the laughs his books have given the children I teach. Lindsey

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  21. Hi Barry,

    Any chance of a non PayPal link too? There’s something up with my PayPal and after hanging on the phone to them for hours I’ve given up with that method but I’d like to donate.

    Perdita

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    1. Found right link – sorted & done. I’m so so sorry that he is having such a rough time. Perdita x

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  22. Bill and me did donate some money for Tommy such a lovely man brings back a load of memories for us used to see him at Buddy and we used to go there every week so got to know Tommy very well always a happy guy always got time for everybody that’s why now its time for everybody to give their bit for Tommy. Its nothing short of what he and his family deserve. Love you very much Tommy get better soon we are thinking of you xxx

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