As 2018 comes to an end, we want to commemorate all the random acts of kindness Seven Stories has felt throughout the year. Seven Stories is a charity dedicated to preserving and sharing the magic of children’s books for all generations and without the generous support we receive we couldn’t continue the work we do. From visiting the centre, to supporting our Collection, there are so many areas we appreciate your kindness. Here are just a few examples of the acts of kindness we’re remembering from 2018.

First Class Supply

Our chief sponsor of education work is the company First Class Supply, without them we wouldn’t be able to work with all the schools we do. Through their support this year we have:

  • Taken authors such as Joe Berger, Mark Powers, and Tom Percival into schools to share their books and inspire children to write themselves.
  • Delivered our Story Party and Reading for Pleasure workshops in schools, designed to inspire children to interact with books and reading in a creative and enjoyable way.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the author visit with Tom Percival. It inspired a few of the non-readers to have a look at Tom's books as they felt they knew Tom and wanted to look at the books he wrote. A wonderful event for primary children and one I would highly recommend to others.” - Jill McKay from Percy Main Primary School

Without the kindness of First Class Supply our education work wouldn’t be possible and we wouldn’t be able to spread our love of reading with children across the North East.

Find out more about supporting Seven Stories as a business here.

Life-changing Stories

In March this year, we launched our first ever crowdfunding campaign to help us provide new creative sessions, relaxed story times and performances with plenty of sensory resources and accessible props to spark imagination and give a magical inclusive Seven Stories experience all year round for children of all abilities. Watch the campaign video here:


And a massive £5377 was raised in the first 2 days, helping us beat our target of £7000! This was achieved with a generous 50% match funding from the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear. We were truly overwhelmed with the response to the crowdfunding campaign, as was Paul Pattinson who was inspired to run the Great North Run for Seven Stories, raising over £700 for our inclusive programme for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities!

Your donations, big and small, all contributed towards us reaching our fundraising goal and led to us working with children and young people with SEND who we wouldn’t otherwise have reached in 2018. Thank you!

Become a part of our story by donating here.

A gift that will keep on giving

At the core of everything we do, the Seven Stories collection is, in itself, a tremendous story of philanthropic giving. In 1996, a new National collection took shape with the initial donation of the Robert Westall archive. Over the years, every addition to the Seven Stories collection, from manuscripts to sketches, finished work to dummy books, has been made possible by generous donations of work and funds.

Our collection is growing and developing each year through the continued support of the literary community. In the spring, the family of Catherine Storr, author of Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf, Marianne Dreams and many other titles, whose archive was donated to Seven Stories in 2010, generously donated her entire literary estate to Seven Stories.

This means that every time a Catherine Storr book is sold, anywhere in the world, Seven Stories benefits through royalties. The income we receive from this source will go directly to support the costs of caring for our growing collection and making it accessible to people of all ages for years to come.

Find out how you can help build our wonderful Collection here.

So to everyone who has shown us acts of kindness this year, thank you! Whether you purchased a book in our shop, donated to our learning programmes or enjoyed one of our events – we cannot thank you enough for being a part of our story this year.