About Us

The Kris Boyd Charity  (a Registered Charity In Scotland – Scottish Charity Number SCO47532 – for The Advancement of Health) was founded in January, 2018. 

Since its inception, Kris, his family, Trustees and the rest of the team have been overwhelmed with the support and generosity from all over the UK, particularly in Ayrshire and West of Scotland.

Scottish football and the wider sporting community has given its full endorsement to what Kris is trying to achieve, many people have backed the Charity with their time, effort and donations.

The foundations have been put down and we now look to keep growing. But we realise that with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 this is going to be difficult. But we plan to tackle everything head on, expand and offer more services, whether its helping to raise Mental Health awareness and also with increase Partnerships and Relationships with other charities, as well as businesses and support groups.

We are proud of the efforts so far and thanks to public generosity we have raised in excess of  £200,000 from Events and Donations.

We put the donations to good use and have had several ‘Calm Your Mind’ wellness workshops around the country for adults. We also have had other Wellbeing sessions around the country with some expert advice. The feedback from the sessions has been first class. We also enjoy a great working relationship with Ayrshire College.

Kris, Ali Campbell and Andy McLaren have visited more than 25 schools in Ayrshire and Glasgow to deliver Mental Health talks to teenage pupils and raise awareness. We have also been involved with Colleges and  Corporate Businesses in their Mental Health Programmes for employees and students.

The donations have allowed us to give financial contributions to The Little Art School in Ayrshire, The Samaritans, Breakfast Clubs for Schoolkids and clothing and food donations to various Clothing and Food Banks.

We plan to keep up the good work.

Once again, a massive thanks to all individuals and businesses who’ve made donations to our Charity and sponsored our events, in particular, Kilmarnock FC, Alan McLeish of QTS, Billy Bowie Tankers, AS Scaffolding, John Gall of Brownings The Bakers, William Hill, William Tracey Group, AM Sports (Fife), Ken Binnie Financial, Checcini’s Restaurants, Trump Turnberry, Tennent’s, Mr Singh’s, Kilmarnock Tyres, Joe Walker Flooring, John McTaggart,  Carrington Mortgages UK, JR Group, Laurie Ross Insurance and Levy & McRae, SFA.

Why I Started the Charity

By Kris Boyd

My wee brother Scott tragically took his own life in September, 2016 and it has left my family devastated. There’s not a day goes by when I don’t think about him and I know it’s even worse for my parents, I feel for them even more as they try to get on with their lives as best they can without Scott being a part of it.

Is the reason I’ve set up The Kris Boyd Charity solely down to what happened to Scott? No. Is it a big part of the reason? Yes.

To be hit with Scott’s tragedy was a big wake-up call for me which led me to start looking into the different circumstances as to why people commit suicide. It is clear to me now that any given individual doesn’t wake up one morning and, on a whim, decide to end it all. It’s a gradual process which takes place over a period of time. My own wife, Christine, suffers from anxiety. Christine has had to fight internal battles that led to her being unable to do certain things over the years and I did not deal with them properly. I was not fully aware of what she was going through and still goes through on a daily basis, I should have been there for her, been more comforting and understanding. I’m the first to admit I’ve had my failings when trying to deal with Christine’s battles with anxiety, however, I am now listening and I’m learning. It is absolutely vital to do both and this is what I want to impart on those who are living with someone suffering from depression or anxiety.

During my career I have moved around a lot, from Ayrshire to Middlesbrough to Turkey and the USA which meant Christine was bringing up our two daughters on her own and I was not there to be a hands-on father and husband. I was not there on a daily basis, doing the things all families do and sharing the parental responsibilities. Life is not a bed of roses for sports personalities as much as one you believe, with this charity I want to aim to end the stigma with sports and mental health.

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What I Am Aiming To Do

Our NHS provides a fantastic service but they can’t be there every minute of every day and lots of people don’t want to admit to be suffering from stress or feeling anxious. Many prefer to cover it up or keep it to themselves and are too afraid to ask for help due to the stigma attached to mental health issues. It’s when they continue to hide it, not talk about it and not ask for proper medical attention, that it can lead to the suicidal thoughts.

The aim of this charity is to educate people and get people to engage with others when they are in need of help instead of dismissing them or brushing of their feelings as being “weak”. We hope that, in time, society can speak openly when they have issues, it’s about them knowing there will be someone there for them who will show decency and a level of understanding. With young people today mental health is being an ever prevalent issue, due to teenagers being so focused on their phones and social media instead of being active and socialising with their peers in person. This also leads to more online bullying as well as unrealistic beauty standards which add mounting pressure on young people, and can lead to mental health issues.

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This Charity is not prescribing medication and we can’t cure all the ills, but we care, and we are constantly trying to gain a better understanding of Mental Health issues. We want to raise awareness as that is absolutely vital in tackling the stigma surrounding mental health and ultimately finding better solutions to mental health issues.

I want this Charity to help my parents, Brian and Maureen, find even a tiny bit of comfort. When I first mentioned to my mum the idea of doing this she wasn’t keen. Then, the next day she phoned me and asked if I’d started the ball rolling because she was now right behind it. She summed it perfectly and said that if the charity can help even just one parent avoid what she and my dad have been through then it will be worthwhile.

With your help and understanding, collectively, we can make it happen.

  • Show you care

  • Have Patience

  • Use open questions

  • Say it back

  • Have courage

Meet the Team

  • Kris Boyd
    Kris Boyd Founder

    Kris is a former professional footballer who played Kilmarnock, Rangers, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Portland Timbers and Scotland.

    He scored 300 goals in the senior game and is the all-time highest goalscorer in the SFL history.

    Since hanging up his boots in 2019, he now works in the media and is a respected pundit with Sky Sports and columnist with the Scottish Sun.

    Along with Robert Snodgrass, he is a co-host on The Lockdown Tactics podcast, which interviews top sporting stars with its core focus being on Mental Health.

    Kris founded his charity in 2018 because those close to him have been affected by Mental Health issues and he wanted to shed more light on the issue and raise awareness.

  • Andy McLaren
    Andy McLaren Coach

    Andy McLaren is a former footballer with Dundee United, Reading, Kilmarnock and Scotland. He was a talented winger with more than 300 first games to his name.

    When he retired from the game in 2008 he went on to co-found the charity, A&M Scotland.

    It focused on using sport as a diversionary tool to help youngsters from under-privileged backgrounds find positive pathways in life.

    Over a period of almost a decade, Andy helped grow it into an award winning Charity.

    He joined The Kris Boyd Charity and focuses on delivering talks, centred around Addiction and Mental Health to various schools, colleges, prisons and businesses.

    Andy has also written his acclaimed autobiography ‘Tormented’.

     

  • Ali Campbell
    Ali Campbell Life ‘Fixer’, Presenter and Internationally Bestselling Author.

    Ali Campbell is widely accepted as the country’s leading Life-Fixer and self-help author. Now with 5 international bestsellers to his name his book ‘Just Get On With It’ even outsold the Dalai Lama on its release and Ali was features prominently in top 100 internationally acclaimed self-help authors frequently presenting to an audience of over 1 million people around the world.

    Ali tailors his blend of Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic programming and coaching to the individual’s specific needs. The common thread is that all the individuals who use his services want to operate as the very best version of themselves.

    A former professional athlete and master personal trainer, he has been on Celebrity Fit Club USA for MTV, The Vanessa Show, The Wright Stuff Extra, Sky News and Channel 5 News. His celebrity clients include Katie Price, Sally Hawkins and Kelly Rowland.

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