By Tim Saunders on
Hot on the heels of her announcement that she is giving the proceeds of her latest book to charity, JK Rowling has done it again – this time donating books to a charity that raises awareness of a skin condition.
The 43-year-old author has just donated a complete set of signed Harry Potter books to the XP Support Group, an organization that helps children with Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a condition that makes them extremely sensitive to sunlight. All seven books will now be put up for auction in November to coincide with the release of the sixth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
“You can’t imagine how delighted we are,” said Sandra Webb, who established the charity after her son was diagnosed with XP. “It’s wonderful, it could mean a lot to our charity.”
Rowling became aware of the charity when the mother of one of its members wrote to her about it.
“She wrote back to David and sent him some books and said she would send us some gifts to raise money,” said the boy’s mother. “We are just absolutely over the moon she has taken so much from one letter. We now know we can run the charity comfortably for the next year and a half. It’s a huge gift for us.”
The books will be auctioned on eBay, and Look To The Stars will let you know when it is up and running.
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