Bookshop hopes to provide 3000 Wirral kids with Marcus Rashford’s book

Sue Porter, owner of Linghams Booksellers in Heswall, has started a crowdfunder with a target of providing 3,000 Wirral children with a copy of Marcus Rashford’s book ‘You are a Champion.”

Marcus Rashford MBE is famous worldwide for his skills both on and off the pitch and long before he started his inspiring campaign to end child food poverty, he was just an average kid from Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

The book shows kids how to:
– Be comfortable with who you are – you can’t be a champion until you’re happy being you!
– Dream big
– Practise like a champion
– Get out of your comfort zone and learn from your mistakes
– Navigate adversity in a positive way
– Find your team
– Use your voice and stand up for others
– Never stop learning

Linghams is supporting both the Hive Youth Zone and Tranmere Rovers to crowdfund a project to raise enough funds to get a copy of Marcus Raashford’s book into the hands of 3000 children from around Wirral who attend the Hive in Birkenhead, and support the many initiatives Tranmere are running to help young football fans.

The Hive is a very special centre in Birkenhead, an area where one in two children live in poverty. This has been a lifeline for some children during the last 18 months.  It is a purpose-built facility for young people aged 8 to 19 and up to 25 with disabilities.

During the pandemic, the Hive has kept in constant touch with over 3000 children from across Wirral to ensure they have access to this facility in the heart of their community. 

Sue Porter of Linghams.

Sue Porter told, “Marcus Rashford has a book out called ‘You are a Champion’ and I was given one signed copy. I wanted to raise some money to try to donate copies of the book to a local charity.”

Sue continued, “I’ve read the book and I’ve been so inspired by it, because Marcus has done so much for children. The book is all about tearing up the rule book, being an individual, and reminding children that they are champions!”

Sue was made aware of the work the Hive Youth Zone does and she saw how they’d been supporting kids through the pandemic, helping with the kids’ mental health and wellbeing. “I thought this book fits together so well with the work that goes on at the Hive.”, she explained. “I just thought, I really want to do my bit!”

A donation of just £5 will buy one book and you can help fund as many as you want. The crowdfunder is open to individuals and businesses. If your business would like to donate any money to the cause, Sue would love to hear from you. “I’m just trying to get it out there and let as many people know about it as I can!”

If you would like to make a donation to the crowdfunder, you can do so by following this link –>

Youngster Beau has serious prospects in football and Marcus Rashford is an inspiration for him. “He is my hero!”, Beau said after buying the “You are a Champion” book. He said, “Donating my pocket money so another child can be inspired by this book.”


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