Jonathan Pilgrim won the opportunity to be written into the latest Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, by Anthony Horowitz when his father, Roger Pilgrim, attended our bi-annual fundraising event - Tunnel of Love.
The unique prize was generously donated by the author as part of the auction on the night of our fashion and art party last November. The prize is not just a name check in the story; Anthony has taken Jonathan’s appearance, characteristics and aspects of his life to weave him into the story. It raised an incredible £7,000 to help us fund ground-breaking cardiovascular research.
Jonathan and his father both attended the launch of the novel on 22nd October 2014 at Waterstones in Piccadilly, where they met the celebrated author and discovered the fate of Jonathan’s character, who dies on page one of the novel but proves to play an important part in the story.
Jonathan said: “I was so excited to finally get to read the novel. I had spoken to Anthony on the phone to discuss my character but it was unreal to see myself included in a story about such an iconic character. It is definitely one of those experiences that you want to share with the grandchildren in the future. The whole experience was incredible, and the fact that we have also raised such a significant amount for a deserving charity is even better.”
Roger adds: “When the prize came up for auction I knew that this was something really special and I wanted to be able to share it with my son. We raised a fantastic amount for a charity which my family support and now also have something unique. Anthony Horowitz has written another fantastic story and we are so thrilled that Jonathan has been included.”
Author, Anthony Horowitz comments: "Auctioning a character in a book is always a risky business, you never know who is going to turn up. But I couldn't have asked for a better name for a Victorian thriller than Jonathan Pilgrim and I was relieved that the real Jonathan didn't mind being brutally murdered on page one. He and his father, Roger, were so generous in their support of The British Heart Foundation that in the end I put both of them into the book (as father and son). Like them, I'm delighted to have supported such a worthwhile cause."