Eight-year-old schoolboy Max Woodward is donating the profits from his online book, 'The Time Machine' to Diabetes UK because his sister has the condition and the whole family raises money for the charity.
Max says he is a real bookworm who has loved stories all his life, and has wanted to write a book for a long time. When he was set a homework task at school to write about a time machine, he decided to write lots more chapters and turn it into an online book. His teacher doesn’t even know about it yet!
The Time Machine
The book is about an orphaned boy called Colin who invents a time machine and uses it to go back in time to stop his parents being involved in an accident.
One of the original founders of Diabetes UK, HG Wells, also wrote a book entitled ‘The Time Machine’, which went on to be one of his best-known titles.
Max’s book is available to read, for free, online. All Max asks is that, if you have enjoyed the book, you make a donation to show your appreciation. He has already raised over £100.
Raising money for Diabetes UK
All of the profits are being donated to Diabetes UK. Max’s sister Gabrielle has Type 1 diabetes, and the family is involved with fundraising for the Diabetes UK voluntary group in High Wycombe.
Max says, "I think diabetes is not very nice; it is very hard for Gabrielle, but she copes very well. It is hard for Mum and Dad: they have to remind her to wash her hands to do her prick test, do her injections and record her results. Then we have to deal with her hypos. I am getting good at knowing when she is having a hypo and I go and tell Mum and Dad. My sister Ellen helps her at school and her friends really help too."
‘The Time Machine’ has been read by people as far afield as New York and Saudi Arabia, and future instalments of Colin’s adventures with the time machine are planned.