Send a Story to a North East child this Christmas

Send a Story to a North East child this Christmas

1 in 8 of the most disadvantaged children in the North East of England doesn't have a book of their own. Getting books into the hands of children who need them most and helping them discover a love of reading is at the very heart of our Send a Story campaign. By taking part you can bring joy and inspiration to children facing difficult times this Christmas.

Each year, over 25,000 children and young people take part in Seven Stories’ outreach and engagement work in our local communities. This Christmas, we are giving books to hundreds of children in the North East who need them the most – partnering with children’s centres and schools in East and West of Newcastle; local hospitals and hospices; and looked-after children's services. 

How families and visitors can support the Seven Stories’ Send A Story campaign this Christmas

  • Donate £10 to Seven Stories to give a disadvantaged child their first book.
  • Take inspiration from our festive selection in the Seven Stories Bookshop and give the gift of story to a child in your life this Christmas – and choose a favourite title to gift forward to a child in need of a book complete with a note explaining why you want to share it.
  • Join author and Seven Stories patron Michael Morpurgo, at a special event to launch our Send a Story campaign on Saturday 7 December at 5.30pm

How local businesses can get involved

For £600 businesses can donate a Seven Stories’ Hooks into Books pack filled with lots of brand new books and fun activities. The pack, which aims to get children reading and buzzing about books, will be introduced by a special visit from a member of Seven Stories learning team.

Participating businesses will receive:

  • Acknowledgment at Seven Stories visitor centre and on our website so your support will be visible to all of our visitors, partners and supporters
  • Personalised thank you via Seven Stories social media channels (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) followed by over 45,000 people
  • Feedback from the recipient venue showing the impact of your generosity

To find out more about how you can get involved contact Seven Stories Fundraising & Development Manager Amanda Beckham by email at or via telephone at 0300 3301095 ext 210.