Have you ever imagined your name immortalised in your favourite authors’ book?

CLIC Sargent’s brand new ‘Get in Character’ fundraising campaign will give you – or your loved one – the chance to appear in a book as a character name.

From Thursday 27 February 2014 ‘Click Sargent for children with cancer’ has a fantastic selection of authors taking part in a unique 10-day eBay auction.

SAS Sergeant turned novelist Andy McNab and popular women’s fiction writer Lisa Jewell are just two of the 26 authors taking part in ‘Get In Character’, which will see people bidding online to have new characters named in their honour.

The ‘Get in Character’ auction aims to raise £10,000 that will help CLIC Sargent provide clinical, practical and emotional support to children, young people with cancer and their families.

The bidding starts at 8pm Thursday 27 February and ends at 8pm Sunday 9 March 2014.

Find out more by visiting the Get in Character auction site and go to the Clic Sargent website to find out more.


Walking With The Wounded:

“Everyone has a story to tell and at Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) we tell the stories of our service men and women who have been injured whilst carrying out their duties, we also tell the stories of those who support us and their endeavours.

Our stories cover a range of genres from tragedy to triumph, through adventure and adversity to love and loyalty.

Education is at the heart of the work of WWTW and we place great importance upon the difference it can make to lives.

We have joined forces with best-selling author Andy McNab to run our first WWTW Story Writing Challenge.

Andy McNab has written the start of a new story, we would like you to complete this story in no more than 1000 words. We will be shortlisting the entries and Andy McNab will help us decide the winners.

The story can be in any genre that you like. We will be looking for a story that shows:

  • Good imagination and creativity
  • Structure: the story develops and reaches a conclusion
  • Imaginative language: powerful verbs, adjectives etc
  • Creates atmosphere through use of language and settings
  • Develops the characters

These stories may be either handwritten or word processed.

The winning entry will receive a visit from Andy McNab to their school, signed copies of Andy McNab’s books and some WWTW goodies.

Three runners up will receive Andy McNab books and WWTW goodies.”

Go to the Walking With the Wounded website for more information and to read Andy’s start of the story



Are you McNab enough to take part in MISSION 424? Push yourself to the limit and raise funds for Help for Heroes.

We’ve teamed up with Mission 424 and Help for Heroes to give you and three friends the chance to take part in an unforgettable weekend of action, adventure and espionage, and to raise vital funds to improve the lives of British soldiers.

The winner of this once-in-a-lifetime competition will receive a debrief from Andy McNab himself after the mission has been completed, and will act as an ambassador for the cause on Andy’s Facebook page.

“Under the cover of darkness you’ll be sent deep into the heart of enemy territory. Your job is to track down the classified information and save the day. You will need to work as a team to complete this crucial task.”

Mission 424 will put you on a knife edge. You will experience what it is like to eat, sleep and breathe tactical operations.


Date: 20–22 September 2013

Location: Undisclosed, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire

Teams: 4 people, mixed or same sex

Entry Fee: £125 per person camping, £145 per person bed in the barracks

Fundraising Target: £300 per person (£1,200 per team)

Other requirements: ‘can-do’ attitude, sense of humour, appetite for adventure, commitment to fundraising

why enlist?
Whether you are a group of friends or a company looking for a unique team-building exercise, this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable weekend
of adventure and a great way to show your support for Help for Heroes.

For more intel, contact 01725 514106 or visit www.mission424.org.uk


For your chance to take part in this incredible weekend just answer the following questions on Andy’s website  and “prove to us why you’re the right man for the job. We want you to tell us your fundraising ideas and, just for fun, we’ve prepared a few questions to see how much McNab you’ve got in you. We’ve asked Andy the same ones so let’s see if you match up!”


“The final winner will be picked by Andy, based on which fundraising idea he thinks will work best – so get thinking and good luck!”



“They want to hear about blowing up bridges and how to handle a gun. But the most important action of all, I tell them, is opening that first book whatever it might be.”

The Mirror
16 February 2013

The best-selling author learnt to read as a 16-year-old Army recruit and says it was life changing

Of all Andy McNab’s hard-fought victories the thrill of reading a book was the first big one.

The SAS hero and best-selling author, 53, was an Army recruit aged 16 and had just finished a Janet and John tale in a forces literacy class.

He recalled: “When I put it down my instructor said, ‘Congratulations. Remember this feeling – what it was like to finish your first book.’ And I always have.

“That moment truly changed my life. Everything I did since came from then.

A book can take you to places you would never have known. Each book you read gives you a little more knowledge.

And knowledge means power. And power means you can make decisions for yourself and go your own way.

That’s how you survive. Which is something I know a lot about.

I finished school with the reading skills of a kid aged 11. I was illiterate. I was going nowhere. If that sounds shocking, well I’ll tell you something that’s even worse.

Today the average literacy age of a young man joining the infantry is still just 11. Things have not improved one jot.”

Now Andy, whose first book Bravo Two Zero sold millions and was turned into a film with Sean Bean playing his part, is a frontline fighter in a campaign to spread the reading habit.

And the Sunday People is a proud ally. We are offering FREE copies of his latest book Today Everything Changes.

For the full article with interview go to The Mirror


September 2012

The Reading Agency is delighted that bestselling novelist and former SAS soldier Andy McNab will lead its 2013 Six Book Challenge to help get even more adults reading more. He will be meeting Six Book Challenge participants at events all over the UK and all completers will receive a certificate signed by Andy, in his role as 2013 Challenge ambassador.

Andy McNab says: “I’m a perfect example of how reading can change your life. I had the reading age of an 11 year old when I was 17 and I only became a confident reader when I joined the Army. But once I started I couldn’t stop – and that’s what the Six Book Challenge is all about.”

For the full article go to The Reading Agency website





Le Grove – Arsenal Blog
8 July 2011

We have been asked by ForceSelect (the UK’s leading military service leaver recruitment agency) to run a competition for serving military personnel to have lunch at an Arsenal box and enjoy the PSG vs Boca Juniors and the Arsenal vs New York Red Bulls matches at the Emirates Cup. This will include lunch and refreshments.

ForceSelect Director, Andy McNab the best selling author and SAS hero wants to provide experiences like this for people that put their lives on the line for their country, Andy is a supporter of Le Grove and Arsenal Addict and has asked us to help, which of course we are delighted to do.

So if you are in the services and you can answer the following question we will give them to the first 5 that answer it correctly 2 tickets.

Name the 3 managers that signed three Arsenal heroes of the past. Charlie Nicholas, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and how much they cost!

Remember whatever you think about the conflicts these guys are laying their lives on the line for all of us and deserve to see a great festival of football, let’s just hope we have some decent players on show eh!

Go here for the full article and more information