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Enid Blyton's endowment gift for Seven Stories

  • Date: 24 June 2011
  • Area: North

A new £750,000 endowment fund to benefit the work of Seven Stories, the national centre for children's books in Newcastle upon Tyne, has been created thanks to the Enid Blyton Trust for Children. 

Its Trustees have decided to wind up the Enid Blyton Trust for Children and donate its assets to set up a permanent fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. This fund will support the work of Seven Stories for years to come.

Kate Edwards, Chief Executive of Seven Stories said, 'We are thrilled that the Enid Blyton Trustees have asked us to continue their work to improve the lives of children through learning and leisure opportunities. This new fund, founded in Enid Blyton's name, deepens our connection with her and her outstanding contribution to children's literature in Britain. Grants from the Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories at Community Foundation will support our work to inspire more children from different walks of life to enjoy reading and the life opportunities that this brings.' 

An Enid Blyton Trust for Children trustee explained their decision, 'Seven Stories is a truly inspiring place. We know that we have made the right decision and believe that Enid herself would feel very happy with everything Seven Stories is doing for her, her work and for the children'.

Seven Stories' connection with Enid Blyton was strengthened last year after it successfully fundraised and bid at auction for the rare and original typescripts of some of her best-known work from the Famous Five, Secret Seven, Malory Towers and Noddy series. As a result it founded the only publicly accessible Enid Blyton archive.

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland will hold the new Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories as part of its wider work supporting philanthropy that enriches lives. Chief Executive Rob Williamson explains, 'Establishing funds at the Community Foundation assures former trustees that the charitable purposes will continue and the donated assets remain protected. Our investment of the Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories will provide dedicated revenue to support their learning and participation work every year'.

To find out more about Seven Stories and the Enid Blyton archive go to www.sevenstories.org.uk

More information about the Enid Blyton Fund for Seven Stories at Community Foundation can be found at www.communityfoundation.org.uk