Yesterday, Mollie King, singer with girl group The Saturdays, presented Seven Stories with the National Lottery Award in the education category – one of seven related to lottery good causes. Last year Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, across the river in Gateshead, was voted best arts project. It is another indication that the massive lottery investment in Tynesides arts infrastructure has been a hit with the public. A heavily staged surprise presentation ceremony yesterday saw the glamorous Saturdays singer interrupt a storytelling session in the Seven Stories attic. The children present had been listening to a story about a pig, a squirrel, a hedgehog and a hen when the lady with very high heels and long blonde hair appeared before them. Im Mollie from The Saturdays and Im here to tell you that you guys have won the National Lottery Award, she declared. The parents, who had probably all heard of The Saturdays, whooped and cheered so their children did likewise. Mollie said she was delighted to present the award to Seven Stories because it was a place that encouraged reading and storytelling. She said she grew up with dyslexia so had found reading difficult. Alison Gwynn, programme director at Seven Stories, said she was delighted to receive the award. It had come after Seven Stories national status was made official, allowing it to style itself the National Centre for Childrens Books. The difference this time was that it was public votes that had secured a national accolade. Our aim is to inspire a love of reading across generations, she said. National lottery funding has helped us so much and receiving this award is superb recognition for the hard work of the entire team and, of course, everyone who enjoys our programmes. Seven Stories, which opened in a former Victorian warehouse in Byker in 2005, has received 660,000 in national lottery funding from Arts Council England and 352,249 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It welcomes more than 70,000 visitors a year, is building a valuable archive of manuscripts and illustrations, and is becoming renowned for its lively and appealing touring exhibitions. Mollie King said afterwards that she was delighted to take any opportunity to pass on the message that dyslexia need not be a major setback. She recalled that she had hated reading aloud at school. The problem with dyslexia is people can sometimes jump to the conclusion, Oh, shes thick. My spelling is fine but I always had difficulties with reading. My mum encouraged me by reading to me and urging me to read. Its so important to have good stories that really appeal to children. Dyslexia didnt hold the 26-year-old Londoner back unduly. She achieved three A-levels, all at grade A, and won a place at Loughborough University before her music career took off.
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lottery winner who took home $31.7 million to target unsuspecting victims via email. Virginia resident Michelle Gantzer told CTV News she was emailed by a man who claimed to represent Harry Black, a 66-year-old Surrey man who won the Lotto 6/49 jackpot in April. Gantzer was told Black had picked a handful of lucky strangers to share his fortune with. I emailed him and he emailed back as Harry Black and just said that I was chosen, along with three other people, to receive $2 million as long as I donated some of the money, Gantzer said. Of course I thought it was a scam, but my curiousity was up so I went along with it. Gantzer said she decided to play along until the sender asked for her social security number or a cash deposit. Soon enough, she was asked to provide $450 to open an account so Black could deposit the cash. She declined. The Better Business Bureau said the scam is particularly clever because the email references both a real lottery winner and an actual United Kingdom-based bank. A similar scam was crafted after news broke in 2010 that Nova Scotia jackpot winners Allen and Victoria Large were giving away their entire $11 million haul. BBB spokesman Mark Fernandes said advance-fee scammers were still using the couples name as recently as March. Most people when they hear a very familiar name, someone thats a past winner, they can reference a website or a past news story and it adds a little more legitimacy to the email scam, Fernandes said. Anyone who believes theyre being targeted by scammers is advised to contact the Better Business Bureau and police. With a report from CTV British Columbias Penny Daflos Related Stories
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