13-year-old’s fundraising novel published after two year battle

PUBLISHED: 10:39 29 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:39 29 August 2013

Poppy Young 13 with copies of her book 'The Adventures of Heli'

Poppy Young 13 with copies of her book 'The Adventures of Heli'


AFTER two years of hard work a WGC teenager has published her first novel that will raise vital cash for the Herts Air Ambulance.

Poppy Young, 13, has already sold 30 copies of The Adventures of Heli the Rescue Helicopter in just two weeks.

The children’s book details the exploits of an air ambulance as it zooms to emergencies.

She said: “When I first got it, I was extremely proud and very happy.

“I just feel extremely proud of myself to get it published.

“I just like writing and I have a big imagination and I can express it in writing.”

Poppy has been trying to get the tome released for two years and had even contacted Prince William and his wife Kate, Prince Charles and PM David Cameron to enlist their help.

They all praised the Sir Frederic Osborn pupil and wished her the best of luck in getting it out to the public.

Although it is a great personal achievement Poppy did not write it for her own amusement.

Three quarters of the £5 cover price will go to the Herts Air Ambulance. The remaining £2 will go into producing more books.

“Not many people know about the air ambulance, if you go around and ask a random person and ask ‘do you know what the air ambulance does’ many would say ‘I don’t know’,” the Mill Green Road resident explained.

“Hopefully it will raise money and show people there are special helicopters to help really seriously injured people and save lives.”

Poppy may have just finished fighting to get her first book published, but she already has plans for another six or seven stories.

■ To buy a copy of the book log on to www.ebay.co.uk and search for The Adventures of Heli the Rescue Helicopter.

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