A runaway's story of living rough from 12

by Ben Westwood in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th August 2018 we successfully raised £2,564 with 67 supporters in 42 days

To get new remastered prints and versions of my childhood story of living on the streets and being in care from 11 years old.

by Ben Westwood in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

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Jasmina Kapic 13th August 2018

Wish I was there for you when you were 11-year-old runaway. I would be happy for 1 book delivered, the other 9 pcs feel free to keep for the companies and organizations who request a copy of your book. All the best Ben!

Stephen Howe 4th August 2018

Congratulations Ben. Really happy to see this campaign going so well. I hope you keep pushing and get places with the book. You deserve it, the poems are great! :)

Yvonne 4th August 2018

Great project! Please contribute my 'reward' to one of those organisations who have requested a copy of your book.

Jane Daly 3rd August 2018

Wishing u the best of luck.. so inspiring! Your book is for me personally but will also be sharing in work as a social worker

Eileen Lynn 1st August 2018

My goodness, you have had a life that no child should have to endure! Good luck in everything you do - you are amazing, kind hearted and an inspiration

Susan Hickey 30th July 2018

Hi Ben, Decided not to wait until I am in Britain to give you support. As a retired social worker who worked not only in Chicago but in Wales, I know this book will help others understand youth better (I hope).

Claire Mcgill 30th July 2018

Good luck in raising your total. Up most respect. Keep looking forward and have vision beyond your circumstances. You should be very proud of yourself 💕

Sally Bradshaw 29th July 2018

Hi as a social worker I really support your work and think it would be invaluable for children and young people in the care system to read or hear about other young people’s experiences. Best of luck for the future


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£2 raffle. 1 in 12 chance of winning a signed copy

Delivery included :) At least a 1 in 12 chance of winning a free book (paperback) by donating just the price of a coffee to my crowdfunding campaign. Up to 20 copies going depending on number of rewards/raffle tickets sold. Draws will be made at the end of the crowdfunder and winners will be posted a signed copy of Poems From a Runaway once the books have finished at print.

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Signed colour paperback.

I'll send a signed colour paperback of the new updated version to you. Delivered 4-6 weeks after end of crowdfunder.

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Two books to a support service, with your thanks

Select this reward if you'd like me to post two books over to one of the support services on my waiting list. Services include youth support, mental health services, foster care companies and homeless support services. I'll not only sign them but I'll write a thanks on there to you too for donating. Please note if shipping overseas (ie. USA or across europe) I'll send just one book due to postal costs.

£35 or more

Signed colour hardbacks

I'll sign a high quality hardback version of Poems From a Runaway for you. Delivery takes 4-6 weeks after end of fundraiser.

£250 or more

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10x signed colour hardbacks

UK delivery included. By purchasing 10 copies you'll be really helping support my hardback print run to help keep the costs down. I'll sign ten of them for you :) For those outside of the UK please contact [email protected] for more information on delivery arrangements. 10 available

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