105 %
raised of £2,000 target
by 7 supporters
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Mark O'Hanlon

"Signed by Saville"

I am helping to raise funds for The Children's Society because they do such great work safeguarding UK children.

105 %
raised of £2,000 target
by 7 supporters

The Children's Society

We tackle child poverty and neglect head on to give every child the greatest chance.


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page which has been updated to support our forthcoming charity eBay auction that starts on 17th October, 2015.

The “Signed by Saville” charity auction is an exciting collaboration between Hilary Saville (the niece of popular children’s author Malcolm Saville) and Malcolm Saville Society co-founder, Mark O'Hanlon.  Together, they aim to raise money for The Children's Society who do such great work in helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK today.
Hilary Saville is the daughter of Malcolm Saville's youngest brother, David Saville.  It was her father's maps that accompanied many of Malcolm Saville's Lone Pine adventures.  For many young readers the maps were a source of great inspiration, helping to bring to life the real landscape so vividly described in the fictional adventure stories.
So what is the auction all about? 

Hilary has kindly donated a large number of Malcolm Saville books - some originally from her father's personal library and other's from her own childhood collection.  Using Mark O'Hanlon's time (over 80 hours so far), the books are being offered for sale as part of two, grand extravaganza auction sales, hosted through eBay.  The first auction event, held in April 2015, saw some fierce bidding, achieved 103% of our original target (which has now been increased) and raised over £1,000 for charity. 

Using the auction website provides transparency and ensures that everyone has a fair chance to bid on the books, from the comfort of home.  It will also ensure that 100% of any money raised will go directly to The Children's Society so they can start putting the money to good use without delay.
Aside from the books having been written by Malcolm Saville, a further common denominator is that all the books carry either a signature or an inscription (sometimes both!) that has been “Signed by Saville”.  In some cases, they have been signed by Malcolm Saville himself; other books within the collection have been signed by either David Saville, Hilary Saville, Mabel Hayes (Malcolm Saville’s aunt) and even by Malcolm Saville's wife, Dorothy Saville or they include a family address label.  With another twenty books up for grabs as part of the second auction event, there will be something to suit everyone - this is surely a once in a lifetime opportunity for collectors to purchase books from such a large collection of Saville family ephemera?

The “Signed by Saville” grand auction event will commence at 7pm on 17th October, 2015.  It will be a 7-day auction and we will add a web link to this page once the auction is underway - you will also be able to find us by searching for "Malcolm Saville" on eBay.

How can you support us and help raise additional funds for The Children’s Society? 

First and foremost, we would urge you to please participate in the auction – grab yourself a special Malcolm Saville book and help a young person in the process! 

In addition, whilst there is no fee to take part in the auction, perhaps you would like to make a small or a larger donation through this page to note your support of our fund-raising endeavours?  Equally, we would like to appeal to anyone reading this now who agrees with the sentiment of what we are trying to achieve through this page, to also consider making a donation, please.

The Children's Society do such great work in helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK today - keeping them safe and providing vital assistance when their world is turned upside down.  One of the ideas behind donating to this charity in particular, is to help give hope and practical assistance to some of today's children who may be untouched by the friendly ethos and family values expressed so consistently throughout Malcolm Saville's stories.  Will you be kind enough to help us raise some money for them today, please?
-  £5 could pay for a hot meal for a neglected child when a project worker meets with them.

-  £10 could pay for a phone card for a vulnerable youngster to contact a project worker when they're in danger.

-  £25 could pay for a hot meal, shower and living essentials for a young runaway.

-  £50 could pay for a day out for 4 young carers in need of a break.

-  £100 could pay for a mentor to work with a vulnerable child for a whole year.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they will never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they will send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - we raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
So please dig deep and donate now and then join us at the auction on 17th October - together, we can really make a huge difference…


  • Malcolm Saville (1901-1982)
  • Example of "Signed By Saville" inscription +2