SUPER SYDNEY AND HIS AMAZING PALS

by Milla Reid and Sophie Powell in Bath, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th April 2019 we successfully raised £7,461 with 254 supporters in 28 days

A story about an adventurous boy named Sydney. A book to help preschool children living with or playing with a person who has epilepsy.

by Milla Reid and Sophie Powell in Bath, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

A massive thanks to all those who have already supported Super Sydney + His Amazing Pals. We have been blown away by the positive response.

If we reach our stretch target we will be able to extend our print run.  The more books we print, the lower the unit costs which in turn will allow us to donate more to Epilepsy Action.

We'd like to use any additional books to help raise awareness of epilepsy so if you think your local school, library or children's centre would benefit from some copies, please send us a message.


PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO PRE-ORDER THE BOOK AND VIEW THE OTHER REWARDS ON OFFER....

THE BOOK

Super Sydney is an adventurous little boy who has epilepsy and loves exploring with his pals; his sister Olivia and his dog Hamish. 

One day he 'fell to the ground with a bang and a shake, his friends didn't know if he was asleep or awake.' Hamish and Olivia know just how to help... 

The book contains the most basic guidance for 2-5 year olds:

to move hard objects out of the way; to call 999 for help; and to stay with the person whilst allowing the seizure to take its course.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

Milla is an architect and lives near Bath with her husband and two small children. Her husband was diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy at 17. He has about one seizure a year and when Milla went back to work after maternity leave with their first son, Angus, they decided to share the childcare responsibilities. They needed a book which introduced Angus to epilepsy and prepared him so that he knew what to do if his Daddy had a seizure. 

Sophie is Milla's sister. She lives in New York with her husband and works in marketing. This is her first children's book. Her illustrating style is maximalist; with lots of detail and something new to catch your eye every time you turn a page.

WHERE DOES ALL YOUR MONEY GO?

The money will be spent on the first print run (1000 hardback copies). 

We've kept costs down by calling in some favours and writing and illustrating the book for free but there are a few professional costs and services which need to be covered.

The book is produced in support of Epilepsy Action UK. Any money we don't need from the Crowdfunder will go straight to them.

WHY IS THE BOOK IMPORTANT?

87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the UK every day. 1 in every 220 children will have a diagnosis of epilepsy. That’s an average of one child with epilepsy in every primary school and 5 in every secondary school. (statistics from the Epilepsy Action website). There are lots of different types of epilepsy and seizures and of course a number of reasons a person may collapse and need medical help. We hope that the book will be engaging as well as an important education resource.

WHERE WE ARE AT

The writing is complete, the paint has nearly dried on the illustrations and the graphic designer is working on the layouts. A medical professional with 20 years of experience in the field of epilepsy is penning the foreword and the printers are at the ready.

We estimate getting your copies to you by the start of July but please bear with us if there are slight delays.

Please note that if you are ordering from outside the UK, you will need to add extra donations of £2 (Europe) or £5 (Worldwide) at the checkout to cover international postage.

PLEASE BE A SUPERHERO AND SPREAD THE WORD!

We'd be incredibly grateful if you could share the crowdfunder link on Facebook/Twitter/email it on to anyone who might be interested/post about it on Instagram (you can find us there @supersydneybook).

A big thank you goes out to all our friends who have helped get us to this point; to our graphic designer Doug Kerr, to the designer behind our pennant rewards Nicole Clark, and to our talented video editor Charlotte (Pritcho) Crawford.

And last of all, thank you so much for your support. We hope you love it!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£13 or more

Hardback Book

A hardback copy of the book and a thank you inside the book. Includes UK postage and packaging.

£20 or more

41 of 49 claimed

Pennant + Stickers + Hardback Book

A hardback copy of the book and a thank you inside, an 'EVERYDAY SUPERHERO' pennant flag and character stickers. Includes UK postage and packaging.

£50 or more

5 Hardback Book Bundle

Book bundle with 5 hardback copies of the book and a thank you inside the book. Includes UK postage and packaging. Please contact us if you would like this reward shipped outside the UK.

£100 or more

4 of 25 claimed

Limited Edition Cover Print + Hardback Book

A signed, limited edition print of the front cover image (all three characters on a blue background with no text), a hardback copy of the book and a thank you inside the book. Includes UK postage and packaging.

£100 or more

5 of 25 claimed

Limited Edition Sleeping Print + Hardback Book

A signed, limited edition print of Sydney asleep in bed with Hamish and his teddies keeping guard (right hand page of the double page spread shown above section WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO, with no text), a hardback copy of the book and a thank you inside the book. Includes UK postage and packaging.

£180 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Double Limited Edition Print + Hardback Book

Both signed, limited edition prints, a hardback copy of the book and a thank you inside the book. Includes UK postage and packaging.

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sponsor the Book

Sponsor the book and we will dedicate a whole page at the back to you or your company with a massive THANK YOU! Your reward will include a hardback copy of the book and an 'EVERYDAY SUPERHERO' pennant flag. Includes UK postage and packaging.

£10 or more

30 of 30 claimed

Early Bird Hardback Book

EARLY BIRD reduced price hardback book and a thank you inside the book. Includes UK postage and packaging.

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