Andy McNab fans are being offered the chance to have the villain in his next book named after them.

The SAS soldier-turned-author will auction off the character’s naming rights next week in support of a new charity in memory of legendary Anglo-Irish Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The Shackleton Foundation will fund projects that embody the adventurer’s spirit and hunger for “calculated risk”.

McNab said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to support this new charity.

“Shackleton has always been a hero of mine, and I think the Foundation’s mission to identify similarly inspiring leaders in today’s world is excellent.”

The lot is expected to raise at least £50,000 when it is sold at a Shackleton Foundation gala dinner on June 25.

Advance bids can be made via the charity’s website: www.shackletonfoundation.org

If you wish to make a written bid in advance of the auction you should email auction@shackletonfoundation.org by 24th June 2008.

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