Children’s author and charity founder Esther Marshall has launched a crowdfunder to get thousands of copies of her book Sophie Says I Can, I Will to kids through schools and charities during the Covid-19 crisis.
With nearly £8,500 raised so far, she’s on track to hit her £10,000 target through her online fundraiser in a bid to boost kids’ mental health amid the ongoing pandemic.
The cash will help get books to the more than 2,000 people, schools and hospitals that have requested them. Cash is also going to charity sTandTall, founded by Marshall, which supports survivors of abuse.
It’s hoped the book, which “aims to help children believe in themselves regardless of gender, race, religion or class”, will prove a valuable boost to kids at what is sure to be a difficult and confusing time.
Last month the author met with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, when she gifted them a copy of the book for baby Archie – now she wants to get its positive message to children whose parents are risking themselves on the frontline and to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Marshall said: “In this uncertain time, I couldn’t help but desperately want to help. But with no medical expertise I was at a loss of what to do and it got me thinking. Here at Sophie Says HQ we have had so many messages from parents saying that the book has inspired them and their children. Parents have said because of the book and its content that it has opened up wonderful conversations with their children.