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Enid Blyton Trust to be wound up

20th June 2011

The Enid Blyton Trust for Children is to be wound up after helping youngsters to read and develop their literacy skills for more than 30 years, with a Newcastle children's centre to benefit from the final allocation of funding.

A legacy of GBP 750,000 will be donated to the Seven Stories children's books centre after the trustees, including Blyton's daughter Imogen Smallwood, decided to retire.

In a statement, the trustees said the trust was founded in memory of all the charitable work Blyton did and they wanted to find an organisation 'for whom children and books are their raison d'etre'.

'Our hope for Seven Stories is that the money from the Enid Blyton fund will continue to open up the world of books to as many children as possible,' they added.

The announcement comes just months after Seven Stories won a large volume of rare Blyton work at auction, including the previously unpublished manuscript Mr Tumpy's Caravan and original typescripts for the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Noddy books.

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