Young author’s wartime tale raises thousands for good causes

Natalie Tilson presents a cheque for over �3,000 to Jayne and Steve Taylor on behalf of Help for Heroes, proceeds of a book she wrote when she was just 13.  Photo contributed.
Natalie Tilson presents a cheque for over �3,000 to Jayne and Steve Taylor on behalf of Help for Heroes, proceeds of a book she wrote when she was just 13. Photo contributed.

Sales of a book penned by a Buxton teenager at the age of just 13 have helped raise around £6,000 for Help for Heroes and the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Soldier, written and illustrated by Natalie Tilson, tells the moving story of a brother and sister who are sent to Afghanistan after enlisting in the army.

Since the book was published in 2010, the former Buxton Community School pupil has raised an amazing £3,200 for Help for Heroes, and a similar amount has been collected through sales at the National Memorial Arboretum, which will go towards the upkeep of the arboretum with a donation to the Dunkirk and Far East Prisoner of War Memorials.

The parents of Royal Marine Scott Taylor, from Buxton, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, recently accepted a cheque for £3,200 on behalf of Help for Heroes and praised Natalie’s kindness and support.

Jayne said: “To write a book at the age of 13 was a massive achievement in itself, but to donate all the proceeds between two charities is even greater.

“Help for Heroes supporting our nation’s wounded, and the National Memorial Arboretum ensuring that our fallen heroes are never forgotten, are both so close to our hearts.”

Natalie wishes to thank everybody who made it possible for the book to be published.

• Last week’s report incorrectly reported the figure raised for Help for Heroes as £3,600. We apologise for the error.