Life-changing Stories

by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd April 2018 we successfully raised £7,090 with 59 supporters in 35 days

Seven Stories are raising £7,000 to put children with additional needs at the heart of our story!

by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our £7,000 target which will bring books and stories to life for children with additional needs.  We've been overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and supporters who will make Life-changing Stories a reality.  

Because of this success we are stretching our target to £7,500. This extra £500 will allow us to introduce early evening openings for visitors on the Autism spectrum and their families.We know that queues and hustle and bustle can be overwhelming for many families and opening our building outside of normal visiting hours can provide a stress free visit to all our interactive exhibitions. It costs just £100 to open our building in the evening for 1 hour and provide plenty of skilled staff to help with anything families may need.  

Thank you for your support.

“Because everyone is part of our story”

Stories help children understand the world around them, increase confidence and build positive family bonds through sharing fun memories together.  At Seven Stories, we believe every child regardless of age, gender, background and ability should enjoy these experiences.  We need your help to reach more children like Jessica (pictured below) take part in creative sessions, theatre experiences and inclusive story times designed specifically for children with a range of sensory and additional needs.                           

We want to welcome all our families to take part in events that delight, inspire and excite them however they experience the world.                                                                                                                                                     

Can you help us ensure every child is part of our story?  


Our work does make an incredible difference... "Amazing performance at Seven Stories today! The boys were enthralled from the beginning and thank you for making my autistic son feel comfortable and welcome to ease his anxiety, I've never seen him so excited and involved in a performance before" (Sophia)                    

But we need to do more to ensure we are reaching more children with additional needs and their families. 

This year, we need your help to raise £7,000 to 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. 

We are eligible for a 50% match from the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear, but in order to acquire this funding we must secure £3,500 from our supporters and the public.

We need your help to make this happen!




This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Thank you - you've made a difference!

That warm fuzzy feeling you get when you know you're helping children like Jessica and Luca!

£25 or more

A Seven Stories surprise

A thank you on social media and we will also pop your name into our prize draw with a chance to win a day ticket to Seven Stories and some exciting goodies!

£35 or more

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A roaring thank you!

We will share a special personalised thank you from our life-sized Tiger Who Came to Tea on social media and send you a copy of Drawn From the Archive, a beautiful book of illustration from the Seven Stories Collection featuring Judith Kerr, Shirley Hughes and many more.

£55 or more

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Own a special copy of ‘Shark in the Park’

We are delighted that award-winning author and illustrator Nick Sharratt is championing our campaign! For £55 pledge we will send you a signed copy of one of his ‘Shark in the Park’ books.

£150 or more

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A day out to remember…

Visit Seven Stories with your family and receive a behind the scenes tour of our lively Visitor Centre. Pop into our café and receive tea and cake on us and we will even throw in a unique story telling experience from one of our Story Catchers!

£250 or more

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Private tour of our archive…

For £250 pledge you will receive a private tour of our archive with our Collections Director. This is your chance to see rare treasures from our collection including material from famous authors and illustrators including Enid Blyton, Philip Pullman and Judith Kerr.

£500 or more

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Limited edition signed print or original sketch

For a £500 pledge you could receive one of the following limited edition signed prints or original signed sketches: Limited edition signed print by Nick Sharratt “War Game” - original sketch by Michael Foreman “Angelina Ballerina” - original sketch by Helen Craig You will also have an opportunity to see our work in action – come and join us at one of our creative sessions and see first-hand the difference your donation has made.

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