RENOWNED children’s author and comedian, David Walliams, has praised a young school girl after she wrote and published a book to raise fund for a Lancashire hospice.

Evie Mayren, 6, wrote and published The Teeny Tiny Plumber to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley after the charity cared for her family whilst her sister Martha spent time in intensive care.

The budding author raised more than £1,000 for the hospice and even caught the attention of the author who inspired her to write her own stories.

Lancashire Telegraph: Evie Mayren raised £1024 for Derian House Children's HospiceEvie Mayren raised £1024 for Derian House Children's Hospice

The book caught Walliams’ attention and to congratulate Evie, he sent her a signed copy of his own book Gangsta Granny.

Evie visited the Derian House this month to drop off her grand total of £1,024, which will go towards looking after Derian’s 450 families, like Evie’s, each year.

Evie’s mum Sarah, 36, who is a teacher, said: “When Martha was born she wasn’t breathing and spent five weeks in intensive care.

“Derian House stepped in and made us feel supported while also allowing us to spend time together as a family.

“Derian is full of some of the kindest, hardworking people I have ever met and we want to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity.”

The Teeny Tiny Plumber is about a little girl plumber who gets turned teeny tiny by a nasty witch and you can still get a copy for £3 by contacting:

Kerry Pritchard, Community Fundraiser at Derian House, said: “Well done to Evie, from Greater Manchester, who has not only written a brilliant book but who has also kindly chosen to use the money raised to help other families here at Derian.

“It costs £5.7million to run our services and just 17% of our funding comes from the government so we rely on kind donations from the public to be able to run our services.”

To find out more about Derian House and the support they offer, visit:

You can also donate to the hospice via a JustGiving fundraiser which has been set up on behalf of Evie: