A surprise Christmas gift from Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is helping to brighten the lives of hundreds of American children suffering from cancer.
Rowling has given a grant of £57,000 ($100,516) to the Dana-Farber Institute in the name of Catie Hoch, a child she befriended while writing Goblet of Fire. The plight of nine-year-old Catie Hoch, who died after suffering from neuroblastoma, left "footprints on the heart" of the multi-millionairess author who read chapters of her then unpublished fourth book to the child over the phone.
The girl’s mother, Gina Peca, from Albany in New York said the Edinburgh-based author would always be special to her family.
She added: "Through Jo’s donation people recognise the name and they are very willing to help us, and be generous in whatever we are asking for."