Stockton Stories

18th May, 2021

THIS BOOK has been created by Castlegate Shopping Centre and Wellington Square as a community project with two purposes…

  1. To create a record of what the coronavirus pandemic has been like for children in the Teesside community.
  2. To raise money for Bookmark, the reading charity, to help children in Teesside with their reading skills.

We invited local children to write about their experiences over the past year and what they would like children of the future to know about the pandemic.

We received over 600 fantastic stories, poems and pictures, so it was very hard to choose just 50 to include in the book.  But we have done it and the book is now with the printers! 

We would like to extend our appreciation to all the children who took the time to share their stories with us and to all the schools that supported the project. 

We hope you enjoy reading their tales as much as we did!

The 50 winning stories being included in the book were written by:

  • Hannah Adekunle
  • Chloe Appleton
  • Elise Atkinson
  • Sam Atkinson
  • Mustafa Aziz
  • Georgia Badger
  • Charlie Baker
  • Mia Bates
  • Aaleiyah Bennett
  • Olivia Boynton
  • Jack Bradford
  • Courtney Bryson
  • Eliza Butler
  • Freddie Butterworth
  • Jodi Calvert
  • Kayden Calvert
  • Lucy Campbell
  • Charlotte Chapman
  • Isaac Church
  • Erin Cordey
  • Skyla Dailey
  • Neve Dodds
  • Kaleb Futsum
  • Jack Garbutt
  • Will Gibbons
  • Kassidy Gibson
  • Serryn Gibson
  • Maddie Harling
  • Theo Hodgson
  • Delilah Imeson
  • Oliver James Sills
  • Libby Jeffels
  • Jamie Jeneesan
  • Hope Kennedy
  • Alana Lauwers
  • Rosie Lendon
  • Alice Lunn
  • Robert MacRae
  • Eva Mazzey
  • Jessica Muswell
  • Holly Newman
  • Katie Nightscales
  • Elizabeth Pybus
  • Bobbi Sharp
  • Ellie Suckling
  • Ellis Thomas
  • Ben Thompson
  • Arlo Vargiu
  • Lily Vargiu
  • Charlie Walker
  • Luca Wray

We would like to say a massive thank you to the following schools for supporting our competition and encouraging their pupils to take part.

  • Christ The King Catholic Primary School, Thornaby
  • Holy Trinity Rosehill C of E (VA) Primary School, Stockton on Tees
  • Marton Manor Primary School, Middlesbrough
  • Roseberry Primary School, Billingham
  • St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, Stockton on Tees
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Norton
  • St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Thornaby

A bit more about the book:

Stockton Stories will be a great way to capture everyone’s experiences to be remembered in years to come and create a piece of Stockton history, which is why we want to include the local community in the book. 

But creating a memory of the last year is not the only reason we wanted to produce our own book.   We want to raise money for Bookmark – Reading Charity by selling copies of our book. 

Did you know that 1 in 4 children in England are unable to read when they leave primary school? We want to help improve children literacy skills in the Stockton area and ensure that local children have not been fallen too far behind because of homeschooling. 

We will have 200 copies of the finished Stockton Stories book available in exchange for a donation of £2.50 to Bookmark who will then support local children with their reading.  Our target is to raise £500 for Bookmark and we need your help to reach that goal.

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