BOOK-MAD schoolgirl Rosie Oakley is looking forward to catching up with some of her favourite authors after winning a prize draw with Darlington Building Society.
Rosie, 10, won a brand new Kindle in the draw, which was organised by the Society’s Guisborough branch to coincide with the market town hosting the first leg of the Tour Series 2021 cycling event.

Some of the UK’s elite cyclists raced through the town centre on August 8 and residents and businesses created a carnival atmosphere to celebrate the occasion.
Darlington Building Society joined in the fun by decorating the branch, as well as organising the prize draw and a competition to design a t-shirt.

Rosie, who attends Chaloner Primary School, in Guisborough, was thrilled to be chosen as the winner of the Kindle and has now called in at the branch to collect her prize.
“I was really surprised. I love reading so I’m planning to download lots of books,” said Rosie, whose favourite author is David Walliams.

The prize Kindle comes with a subscription giving access to 1,000 books, so Rosie will have plenty to choose from.

The t-shirt competition was won by seven-year-old Ella Hodges. Her winning design was turned into t-shirts, which the staff wore on the day of the Tour Series event.

Guisborough branch manager Catherine Chapman said: “It’s very important to us to be part of the community and this was a way of us celebrating an important event for the town. The smile on Rosie’s face when she collected her Kindle made it all worthwhile, and it’s lovely that it will add to her enjoyment of reading.”

The Society’s Guisborough branch is supporting a number of local charities, including: The Guisborough Bridge Association; MAIN, which supports autistic children; the Health Improvement Team; and Tees Valley Community Action Group. Discussions are taking place with a fifth adopted charity which will be revealed soon.