Suffolk Mind's Sammy the Sea Squirt Storybook

by Suffolk Mind in Felixstowe, England, United Kingdom

£7,135

 
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th June 2021 at 11:06am

We want every 4-5 year old in Reception year at school in Suffolk to receive a copy of Sammy the Sea Squirt, Suffolk Mind's unique storybook

by Suffolk Mind in Felixstowe, England, United Kingdom

Suffolk Mind has come together with several other mental health charities across the nation as part of the #mentalhealthmatters campaign. Our aim is to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health.  

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Suffolk Mind needs your help... 

Our Head of Education, Ezra Hewing has written a fun, psychologically informed storybook, showing the benefits of exercise on mental health. It’s called Sammy the Sea Squirt, and we want to give it to every Reception aged child (four-to-five-year-olds) in Suffolk. We want to teach children at a young age how to look after their mental health, which is extremely important, especially at the moment.  

Nobody wants their child to experience poor mental or physical health. But what can parents and carers do to protect their child? How can they support them to grow up to be positive and emotionally resilient adults?

Did you know that 50% of young people in England do not meet recommended weekly levels of physical activity? Did you also know that this has a direct link on your child’s mental health?

How can the story of Sammy the Sea Squirt help?

1614183882_1614183881378.pngOur story is based around the character Sammy the Sea Squirt – they learn that moving helps with memory and emotions, while meeting other ocean friends along the way. 

Sammy is an inspiring character who moves to keep their brain healthy. Sammy helps children understand the importance of being active at an early age, in an age-appropriate and engaging way. The story also equips parents and carers with a way to encourage their children to make positive changes to their level of movement to help maintain good mental health. 

We want Sammy to encourage children and families to get more physically active, play more and help their brains develop.

Figures show that 35% of children and young people said their mental health has got worse during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reading Sammy the Sea Squirt will make the link between movement and mental health a lifelong habit. We want to ensure children learn the skills to look after their mental health from a young age, to help them become more resilient as they get into adulthood. 

The book contains an information page for parents and carers to further understand the link between movement and mental health, embedding this learning within families.

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How can you help us?

We are appealing to all parents, grandparents, businesses, schools, and everyone who has an interest in our children’s future, to help us fund the publication of our book, Sammy the Sea Squirt, so we can give it to every four-to-five-year-old in our county. The story has been written, the characters have been created by a local children’s illustrator, Emma Graham, and Public Health Suffolk are ready to distribute it to Suffolk school children. We now need your support and the help of our local community to be able to publish more than 8,000 copies.

Support our Crowdfunding appeal today as part of Crowdfunder’s national #MentalHealthMatters campaign, which aims to raise much needed funds for mental health charities and organisations across the UK.  

Each £10 that you donate facilitates 2 books being delivered to children across Suffolk schools. 

Each £100 that you donate enables a pack of 20 books to be delivered to children in Suffolk schools

PLUS! We would also like to give something back to you too, so check out our rewards offered on this page and get something special by way of thanks for your support. Please note: Digital rewards will be sent by email within 2 weeks of your donation, however physical items and training will be sent or booked by the later date specified in each reward description. Please ensure that you check your bulk mail box for rewards! Pre-orders of signed books will be fulfilled by 1/12/21, subject to our crowdfunding project being a success.

You can also follow Sammy on social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Sammy will1614183468_sammy_6.png provide you with exercise ideas, advice on how to look after the mental health of yourself and your children, and exciting updates from our campaign.

Anyone can help …

Would your organisation like to contribute to the Sammy Sea Squirt campaign? Various rewards are available including the opportunity for you or your organisation to be acknowledged in the book itself as a key supporter. 

Get your school involved…

We would love for your school to be involved in our Sammy the Sea Squirt crowdfunding appeal. If you donate a minimum of £150, your school can have a special ‘Sammy assembly’ helping your children to make the link between movement and mental health and extra copies of the Sammy the Sea Squirt book for your library. Your school will also be mentioned in our acknowledgments in the published book.

Here are some ideas to help your Sammy fundraising:

  • Dress-up days wearing the colours of the rainbow
  • A sponsored movement afternoon, for example: a sponsored wiggle, run or dance
  • An art competition – who can draw Sammy the Sea Squirt meeting his ocean friends?

Thank you

Thank you for your support of this project and helping us to be able to provide every 4-5 year old in Reception year at school in Suffolk a copy of Sammy the Sea Squirt, Suffolk Mind's unique storybook.

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For more information or to contact the project team directly, please email [email protected]

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Parent and child pack- printable game and resource

Get both the game inspired by Sammy the Sea Squirt’s journey through the ocean, AND the printable Emotional Needs and Resources reminder. The game is a fun way to get your brain and body active using memory and movement to help children make the link between movement and good mental health and the printable emotional needs and illustrated PDF reminds us how to meet our emotional needs, and helps us to stay in wellbeing.

£10 or more

Sammy Movement and Memory Game for children

Inspired by Sammy Sea Squirt’s journey through the ocean, is a fun way to get your brain and body active! It uses memory and movement to help children make the link between movement and good mental health. All you need do is print this game out and then cut out each of the 16 cards following the dotted lines, so you have a picture one side and instructions on the other. Children will need a grown up to help with this print and play game!

£10 or more

Printable Emotional Needs and Resources reminder

Print out as a reminder! This Sammy the Sea Squirt illustrated PDF download can be kept as reminder of all of our emotional needs and resources. By meeting our emotional needs, it helps us to stay in wellbeing. For adults, families or children.

£30 or more

Digital Mental Health and Wellbeing pack

This pack contains Suffolk Mind’s mental health and wellbeing digital materials. Included in the pack - The printable Sammy movement and memory game for families - The printable emotional needs and resources reminder - Printable emotional needs audit to check in with your family’s wellbeing - Suffolk Mind’s mental health continuum video animation, to understand more about how stress affects our mental health.

£50 or more

3 of 300 claimed

Signed Sammy book and digital Wellbeing pack

Pre-order a signed book! We will send you a signed copy of the book once it has been printed, along with a special Sammy the Sea Squirt bookmark. You will also receive Suffolk Mind’s digital mental health and wellbeing pack to download and print.

£100 or more

1 of 200 claimed

Signed Sammy book for you and a friend!

Pre-order a special copy, signed by the author and illustrator, for you and a friend! We will send you AND a friend or family member a signed copy of the book once it has been printed, along with a special Sammy the Sea Squirt bookmark each. You will both also receive Suffolk Mind’s digital mental health and wellbeing pack to download and print.

£150 or more

A special thank you from Sammy the Sea Squirt!

As a special thank you, not only will you receive our digital mental health and wellbeing pack, a copy of the book for you and a friend, you will also have an acknowledgement of thanks in the book for supporting this project.

£150 or more

Primary schools - Bronze package

Primary schools and groups can enjoy a pre-recorded movement assembly with Sammy the Sea Squirt and Suffolk Mind’s Children and Young People’s trainer! Download this session to share with pupils, members and families! This also comes with a digital download of our Sammy the Sea Squirt movement game to share with pupils and and a digital download pack for staff members. Every pupil and teacher will also get a Sammy the Sea Squirt bookmark too.

£200 or more

Primary schools - Silver package

Primary schools and groups can enjoy a pre-recorded movement assembly with Sammy the Sea Squirt and Suffolk Mind’s Children and Young People’s trainer! Download this session to share with your pupils, members and families! This also comes with a digital download of our Sammy the Sea Squirt movement game and a digital download pack for staff members and a signed copy of the book for your library. All pupils and teachers also get a Sammy bookmark!

£300 or more

Primary schools - Gold package

Schools and groups can enjoy a LIVE INTERACTIVE movement assembly with Sammy the Sea Squirt and Suffolk Mind’s Children and Young People’s trainer! Download this session to share with your pupils, members and families! This also comes with a digital download of our Sammy the Sea Squirt movement game to share with your members and a digital download pack for staff members, and a signed copy of the book. Everyone also get a Sammy bookmark too!

£350 or more

An EXTRA special thank you from Sammy....

Thank you for your support for the project! Please contact us to discuss your reward choices for you and your family at [email protected]

£500 or more

Business sponsorship: Bronze package

By sponsoring Sammy the Sea Squirt you will help our future generations to have the knowledge to improve their mental health through movement. You will receive: - A Mental Wellbeing Digital Pack for staff and family members - A pre-recorded Sammy the Sea Squirt movement session for the children of staff and customers - A signed copy of the Sammy the Sea Squirt book for your reception area - A digital badge to display on your social media

£750 or more

Business sponsorship: Silver package

Sponsoring Sammy the Sea Squirt helps future generations to have the knowledge to improve their mental health through movement. You will receive: A Mental Wellbeing Digital pack, pre-recorded Sammy the Sea Squirt movement session for the children of staff and customers. A signed copy of the Sammy the Sea Squirt book, a press release detailing your support and the impact it will have and a digital badge to display on your website and social media

£1,000 or more

Business sponsorship: Gold package

Sponsoring Sammy the Sea Squirt helps future generations improve their mental health through movement. You receive: Mental Wellbeing Digital Pack and LIVE INTERACTIVE Sammy the Sea Squirt movement session for the children of staff and customers, with Suffolk Mind’s children and Young people’s trainer, a signed copy of the Sammy the Sea Squirt book and another to gift or use. Company acknowledgement in the book, a press release and digital badge

£1,000 or more

Customised reward

Thank you for supporting the project! Please contact us to discuss your reward choices. [email protected]

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