Novel set in Sheffield raises £3,000 for youth homeless charity

A novel which tells the story of a young Sheffield carer who becomes at risk of homelessness when her mother dies has raised £3,000 for a city charity that keeps young people off the streets.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:00 am
Amy Stone.
Amy Stone.

Strong Stuff author Amy Stone teamed up with Roundabout, and 100 per cent of her author proceeds from this book will go towards supporting the South Yorkshire charity.

Publisher SRL Publishing will also be matching the author’s contribution to Roundabout, South Yorkshire’s local youth housing charity providing shelter, support, and life skills to young people like the novel’s main character Ruby, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Sheffield resident Amy, author of Strong Stuff and a previous book, The Raven Wheel, said: “I never thought Strong Stuff would do so well, the whole thing is a little mind-blowing.

"As a writer, you're always hoping your work makes a difference somehow, whether that's changing the way people see the world, giving them characters and situations to identify with, or just helping them escape from reality for a bit. I hope Strong Stuff offers readers something like that.

"The fact it's managed to make a difference to young people in such a direct way via Roundabout is something I'm really proud of.

" I'll never run a marathon, so it's incredibly satisfying to raise money through something I enjoy doing!"

Strong Stuff can be purchased on the SRL website where they also plant a tree for each book sold, and can also be purchased through Amazon, Waterstones, Bookshop, WHSmith, or a local independent bookstore.

In addition to helping young people source appropriate accommodation, Roundabout offers wraparound care including practical and emotional support from dedicated key workers.

Their key services deliver comprehensive programmes of training, involvement, and empowerment which help young people break the cycle of homelessness and develop long term independent living skills.

The charity is organising a musical theatre drive in at Meadowhall next month. Four performances through the day on June 12 will feature fans’ favourite songs from a wide variety of musicals, performed by South Yorkshire’s most talented actors, singers and theatre companies.