A CUMBRIAN author is auctioning off three character names in his next book to raise money for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

Richard Simpson is starting the third book in his Natural Detective crime series, and is offering Westmorland Gazette readers the chance to have a character named after them.

He said: “The three highest bids received by New Year’s Eve would get the next three characters I write named after them.

“People won’t find out what character they’ll be until the book is released – it might be a drug dealer, a victim of crime, a corrupt copper or a good character.

“The book is set in and around Kentmere so local names would be good if possible.”

Email your name and amount bid to katie.dickinson@nqnw.co.uk . To donate go to www.cumbriafoundation.org/.