Get your 2018 calendar – Designed by the children of Hull!

Proud Hullensians can snap up some original artwork which celebrates their home city.

Leeds Building Society challenged local school children to create a design which showed what they love about Hull and the winning drawings, paintings and collages have been turned into a charity calendar.

The 2018 calendar is raising funds for Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University.

The winners, who range in age from four to 11, collected their prizes at a VIP viewing at Hull Paragon railway station, managed by train company TransPennine Express, where their designs are gracing the concourse over the coming weeks.

“The calendar has landmarks including the Humber Bridge and the Maritime Museum, and it was difficult to pick the winners from so many lovely pictures,” said Denise Woodall, the manager of Leeds Building Society’s Hull branch.

“We’re thrilled TransPennine Express offered to display the artwork at Hull Paragon station so it can be seen and enjoyed by thousands of people every day.

”We hope they’ll pop round to our branch in Paragon Street and buy a calendar to take home and brighten up their kitchen, hall or office.”

David Hatfield, Station Manager at Hull for TransPennine Express, commented: “We are thrilled that the station is playing host to these wonderful works of art created by our young people.

“I would encourage people to come along to the station and see the colourful designs for themselves.”

Rose James, Partnership Manager of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, explained where the funds raised from the calendar would be used.

She said: “Leeds Building Society in Hull is raising money for our charity so that a group of children can visit London for a day that they will never forget. We are extremely grateful to them for fundraising for us and we think the calendars look fantastic!”

The calendar costs £5.99 and is on sale now from Leeds Building Society, 78 Paragon Street, Hull HU1 3PW. All proceeds go to charity.

2017- A Fantastic Year for HEY CU

2017 has been such a great year for our charity and has been our busiest yet!

We have won awards, including a Weston Charity Award which granted us acceptance on the Pilotlight Programme. This programme paired us with highly respected business experts who offer advice and support with the strategic direction of the charity.

We have had two of our volunteers, Mark Stockdale and Ruth Truelove, receive British Empire Medals for their services to education and our founder Dr. John Buttrick received an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Another of our volunteers won Volunteer of the Year at the Hull Daily Mail Golden Apple Awards.

In November, our Director Natasha and Partnership Manager Rose had the honour and privilege of having lunch with Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to Hull.

We were lucky enough to have three projects funded by Hull 2017.  Our Song for Hull project with the NHS choir and our Children in Care Visual Celebration event were both funded by the Creative Communities grants. Our Digitull project was funded by the No Limits programme and meant that every child in the city had the chance to engage in the City of Culture celebrations.

We also ran two additional City of Culture projects with the support of local businesses. Arco supported our BBC Reporters project which saw children become official BBC correspondents for the Hull 2017 events. ABP funded the “I Love Hull” Container Project which gave local children the opportunity to have their artwork printed on a container that will embark on a trackable journey around the globe.

We also released our very first Christmas single which has reached over 60,000 people!

Even though we have been so very busy, we have still managed to reach 6,000 local children this year and we hope to reach even more children in 2018.

We would like to thank our trustees, tutors, volunteers, partners, donors and friends for all of your support this year.

We wish you all a fantastic 2018!

BP inspires local children with HEY CU

HEY Children’s University and BP have formed an exciting new partnership which saw sixty-five children from across Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire come together at the University of Hull to take part in a Science Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) event.

Working alongside BP professionals, the HEY CU team and volunteer mentors, the children learnt about the array of career opportunities available at BP, hearing first hand from staff as they gave an overview of their day jobs including reliability, chemical and mechanical engineers to recruitment specialists. The children then took part in three activities including:

Forces, Motion and Bloodhound SSC, learning about the land speed record and its history, the children went onto conduct their own experiments.

Team building, focussing on the art of communication, job roles and responsibilities to complete a build out of Lego.

Ex’straw’dinary Engineering, children created an oil platform out of straws and marshmallows to create a structure. The two strongest structures from each school went forward to a live experiment during the afternoon lead by Professor Mark Lorch. There was an air of excitement as schools went head to head to see whose structure was the strongest.  Pupils from Oldfleet Primary School were announced the winners and received a Go Pro Camera.

Mark Lorch, Professor of Science, Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Hull said, “Working in association with HEY Children’s University and BP, put science and engineering into real life context as the children met scientists and engineers as relatable role models who demonstrated these subject areas are accessible for all, using everyday items including Lego, straws, marshmallows and paper. Science and engineering is not just about learning facts and figures, it’s also about problem solving, teamwork and communication.  We are all driven to make the subjects fun and exciting for young people, to inspire them for their future and the opportunities available.”

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY CU said, “Working in partnership with BP Saltend and the University of Hull, gave the children the opportunity to experience a new learning environment that they can aspire to be part of in the future. The event highlighted leadership skills and children discovered new talents by taking part in the activities. They also enjoyed meeting real life engineers and working with them throughout the day. We are looking forward to building upon this experience to involve more young people in 2018.”


A visit from Santa!

Last week, it really was the most wonderful time of the year at HEY CU as we arranged for Santa Claus to come to town for our Breakfast with Santa visits!

Santa and his HEY CU elves took a sleigh ride and visited 5 schools to give deserving children a Christmas that they would never forget. The children had no idea what was about to happen when our team of smiley elves knocked on their classroom door.  “Here comes Santa Claus” the children cried, as Santa himself walked into the classroom shaking a set of silver bells.

Santa asked the children if they would like to sit and have a special Christmas breakfast with Santa (provided by Tesco Hull St Stephen’s) and the children were very happy to accept!

After the children devoured their Christmas treats, they had a fantastic time rockin’ around the Christmas tree with Santa and his elves as Christmas music rang around the room.

Then, all was calm as the children sat to hear Santa tell them a festive tale, “The Best Christmas Present Ever!”

Just when the children thought their wonderful Christmas time couldn’t get any better, Santa asked them if they would like some presents! The children squealed with delight as the elves carried through sacks full of presents with the children’s names written on them. It really did feel like Christmas time!

Each child was given a gift and asked to sit quietly until Santa shouted the words “open them!” The children couldn’t believe their eyes as they unwrapped exactly what they asked for from Santa!

Then it was time for Santa and his elves to say farewell and drive home for Christmas to finish packing all of the presents for the children of the world.

Thank you to J Marr Seafoods, Pamela Gale, Hinks Insurance, Sonoco Trident, MKM,  Hays Recruitment, Beal Homes, Northern Gas Networks and Denise Morgan for sponsoring the presents for the children. You really did make it a fairytale for them.

Merry Christmas everyone! From everyone at HEY CU.

To find out more about Breakfast with Santa please watch this video:



Our Paintbox masterpieces are in St Stephen’s!

A unique exhibition of inspirational artwork was unveiled at St Stephen’s on Thursday 30th November. The exhibition has been arranged through the Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and made possible by the generosity of Aberdeen Enterprise Finance LTD of Pocklington. The junior masterpieces have been created by 100 City of Hull primary school children.

Each of the children walked and sketched the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds and worked with local artist Rose Horspool to create some stunning artworks.

The children were based for the day in the Wolds Heritage Centre at Warter, near Pocklington and with their own sketch books in hand, worked as true artists. Having also looked at the work of David Hockney and the paintings he created on the Yorkshire Wolds their paintings also reflected his love of bold colour and vibrant style.

The work on display is a selection of all that has been done as part of the Children’s University “Paintbox” module. This is a local charity that provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds with experiences outside the classroom that raise their aspirations. Last year the charity worked with almost 6000 children. In the last academic year 2016-17 fourteen schools have taken part in the experience amounting to 384 children from disadvantaged backgrounds being inspired to think about creative careers.

Jim Harris, centre manager of St Stephen’s said “We have supported the Children’s University for a number of years and we are delighted to be able to provide a platform for the children to display their work. I would urge all visitors to look up and be inspired by the superb artwork produced by these talented 7 to 10 year olds”.

The exhibition of work will be hanging in the main shopping area either side of the main stairwell until the end of January 2018.

Lloyd Dawson help inspire Bay Primary

Earlier this month, thirty pupils from Bay Primary School in Bridlington, went on a special behind the scenes tour of P&O Ferries and Associated British Ports as part of a Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University experience, to raise their aspirations and give them an insight to the world of work.

The children had the pleasure of meeting crew members on board P&O Ferries, from engineers, entertainment staff, chefs and team members who look after passengers to discover more about their roles. They asked questions to find out how long they’ve been working onboard the ferries, what qualifications are needed to do their jobs, and if the enjoy what they do. The children learned some of the crew are from various parts of the UK, Portugal, Holland, and the Philippines, finding it fascinating the number of different languages spoken onboard.

Pupils then toured the Ferry, discovering the history of P&O, where the cars and animals are stowed. They also saw the different restaurants onboard, cabins, entertainment areas and much more.

Following the tour of the Ferry, pupils were then met by the ABP Humber team, hopping back onto the bus to learn about the Humber as a Port. Pupils found out plenty of interesting facts realising the employment opportunities associated with imports and exports. Over 30,000 people work on the dock each day including all the ships and crew. ABP import 92 million tonnes of cargo each year, including everything from steel to donkeys and everything in-between. To help put things into context the children found out the port is 230,000 square metres large, equivalent to 32 Wembley Stadiums, and staggering 48,000 bananas would fit inside one 20-foot container.

Following the visit, the staff and children held an assembly for the whole school and parents, highlighting what they learned from the experience, linking into their Archie Bishop ‘Be the change you want to be’ project.

Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University said, “It was fantastic to see what the children have learned from the experience, and how they illustrated in an ingenious way the skills and qualifications needed for each of the jobs, which any of them could aspire to do in the future. From engineering, chef’s, retail managers’, pursers and much more. I am incredibly proud of what they all got out of the experience and loved the way the children highlighted local businesses in Bridlington and the jobs available locally.  I look forward to working with the Bay Primary on the next stage of their project as they investigate the future regeneration of Bridlington.”

Lloyd Dowson kindly supported this and next month’s P&O Ferries and ABP Ports experience for Bay Primary School and was present at the assembly. Chairman David Dowson said, “The commitment and involvement of the children during the assembly was fantastic, they went into so much detail. What a great school! Lloyd Dowson are proud to be associated with the Children’s University as they do such great work within the community. It has been extremely rewarding to support the project when you see what a huge difference it has made to the children.”

The following children from Bay Primary said: Summer, “I really enjoyed exploring around the ship and would love to be a Retail Manager when I’m older.  You helped me be more confident with my talking, you really inspired me!”

Ruby said, “When I first entered the Ferry, I was so excited. Also, it was the best day ever because we explored the whole ship. I didn’t even know some of the rooms were onboard, and was really surprised.”

William said, “I thought the trip was extremely good because we got to go behind the scenes and saw things other people don’t get to see. I enjoyed learning about the jobs because I got to find out what the crew do for their work.”

If you would like to find out more about our work in the East Riding of Yorkshire, contact Lisa Whitton, East Riding Manager of HEY Children’s University or 07759 300495.



Our Christmas single! “The 12 Months of Culture”

Watch the video here!

Today we launched our very first Charity Christmas single, with an accompanying music video, to be sent out as our e-Christmas card and raise money! The song is a new version of the 12 Days of Christmas where lyrics have been rewritten to celebrate all things Hull and our fantastic city of culture year.

Rose James, Partnership Manager at HEY Children’s University explained how the idea came about:

“The HEY CU team were talking about putting together some sort of Christmas song to raise funds and we thought that The 12 Days of Christmas would be really fun to re-write with a Hull theme. So I started putting together some lyrics and the “12 Months of Culture” was born. It was my colleague Chris who then came up with the brilliant idea of sending it out as an e-Christmas card too”

The usual “turtle doves”, “French hens” and “calling birds” have been given the Hull treatment and are now “Larkin toads” “Dead Bods” and “Volunteers”. The focal line of “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” celebrates Hull icon Jean “Busy Bee” Bishop -“A lady dressed as a bee”.

With a team of only 6 full time staff at HEY Children’s University, it was clear that we would need some help to make the project a reality, so Rose contacted Wayne Willis at yesyesBD, a Hull-based creative consultancy, and he kindly agreed to help arrange the recording of the song and the filming of the video.

“The other difficulty we faced was the funding of the project” Rose told us, “so Wayne put me in touch with Smailes Goldie to see if they could help”

Smailes Goldie loved the idea of the project and agreed to be the sole sponsor. The accountancy firm are also using the video, in which some of their staff appear, as their e-Christmas card.

Peter Dearing, Partner at Smailes Goldie said “Throughout 2017 our staff has volunteered and supported various cultural events in the city as part of the City of Culture year.  When HEY Children’s University contacted us about the “12 months of Culture” we loved the idea and were happy to help. The Children’s University has provided life changing experiences to the young people in Hull.”

The song was recorded at the Portobello Methodist Church with local choir Do Re Mi providing the vocals. The Choir will perform the song at their Christmas concert this weekend and will be fundraising for HEY Children’s University at the event.

The accompanying music video was shot over 2 days in key locations around Hull. Over 40 volunteers took part in the project including Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell, BBC Look North’s Peter Levy and “Face of Hull” Kofi Smiles.

“We are incredibly grateful to Smailes Goldie for sponsoring the project and we hope that everyone enjoys the video as much as we do!” Rose said.

The song is available to download from all major digital stores. All profits will be donated towards helping children living in disadvantaged areas of Hull and the East Riding.

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