Saints Foundation supports the The Striker Boy campaign
Striker Boy is a book about a 13-year-old who proves an unlikely star striker for a Premier League team.
The special not-for-profit edition has been released in aid of the mental health charity Mind, and in memory of its author Jonny Zucker, who last year tragically took his own life. He is survived by his loving wife and their young children. £1.40 from the sale of each copy will go to Mind, with the rest of the proceeds going to the author’s family.
Jonny lived with depression for over two decades but accomplished many things in that time. He dedicated his life to getting kids reading, working for many years as a primary school teacher before becoming a children’s author. He often used football as a way to reach young people that wouldn’t normally read for pleasure.
Beyond funds, the Striker Boy campaign is raising awareness of mental health issues in adults and children. Mental health will touch the lives of almost everyone in one way or another – one in four people will live with a mental health problem and it is the largest killer of men under 50. It’s vital we all work together to raise awareness and remove the taboo around issues of mental illness.
Football can be an inspirational force, both to improve children’s education and to aid positive mental health.
Saints Foundation have purchased copies of Striker Boy to use as a literacy resource in our schools, as part of our Premier League Primary Stars programme.
Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday).