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Story Homes North East donates new books for children’s ward

Story Homes’ North East division has made a donation towards new books for the children’s library at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Story Homes made the monetary donation towards the new books as part of its ‘Future Story’ scheme, which aims to help the communities that surround its developments – which on this occasion is the Brookfield Woods development in Acklam, Middlesbrough.

Sarah Gattenby, from Wise Owl Reading Tree, collected the donations from local businesses and housing companies to create a new reading library at James Cook University Hospital. Ms Gattenby, who is an independent Usborne Books seller, said she wanted to orchestrate the donation to help children and young people who might be missing out on education and entertainment during their say in hospital.

She said: “One of the best things about being an Independent Usborne Books at home organiser is getting as many books as possible into the hands of children and young people.”

On World Book Day, the North East Sales team visited the hospital to take a look at the new library and took along special guest Builder Bear.

Kayleigh Pinchen, North East Sales Manager at Story Homes said: “It was great to meet the nurses and some of the children who are patients at the hospital and can enjoy the new books we’ve provided. This is a great example of how our Future Story scheme can add long-term value to the local community.”

Donations were made by Story Homes, Avant Homes and Bellway Homes Limited, as well as Middlesbrough businesses Green Sky Fitness and children’s party company, Never Ending Story. In total, £1,050 was raised and Usborne added the additional cash to provide the ward with £1,600 of new books.

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