Giving the gift of theatre with Hull Truck

HEY CU has worked in partnership with Hull Truck Theatre to local communities to bring the “Give the Gift of Theatre” scheme to the local community, particularly those experiencing disadvantage who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a transformative visit to the theatre or opportunity to take part in the arts. The campaign is particularly important at Christmas, when it supports young people and their families to experience a festive treat together.

Thanks to donations made last year, hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have attended performances at the theatre, who would not otherwise have been able to afford to visit. Many of these visits were part of school groups, organised in partnership with HEY CU.

Davide Calogero, Director of Development at Hull Truck Theatre, said:

“The Give The Gift of Theatre scheme is close to our hearts at Hull Truck Theatre. Although the scheme has run year-round for the last few years, last year’s Christmas campaign saw our biggest result yet and this year we hope it will continue to grow. We really love working with local charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and hope that this years’ campaign will encourage people to give more than ever before so that we can provide as many children as possible the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre.”

Natasha Banke, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, said:

“Each year Hull Truck Theatre is able to provide us with hundreds of tickets that we then give to children living in foster care and schools in areas of disadvantage. These children have never been to the theatre before and it’s an incredible opportunity for them. A person who visits the theatre as a child is twice as likely to return as an adult, so this programme really does give children the gift of theatre for life.”

William’s Den gets Christmassy for HEY CU

A capacity crowd of over 700 people attended the special charity Christmas Lights switch on and traditional Christmas Fayre on Friday 29th November to mark the start of festive events at William’s Den, the award-winning East Yorkshire family attraction. Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University mascot Charlie, and 11 year old William Carver, who inspired his parents to create William’s Den, switched on the lights which adorn the giant 30ft Christmas tree.

Children from North Cave primary school performed a range of Christmas carols, there was live music from Riverside Brass and two dozen local craft stalls selling a range of unique Christmas gifts.

Over £450 was raised on the night in aid of Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University.

Says William’s Den co-owner Tor Carver, “We were delighted to welcome so many families to our charity Christmas lights switch on to herald the start of our Christmas events. Christmas is a time for giving and we are honoured to be able to support Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University and their amazing work in providing special memories and help for the children and families they support.”

Natasha Barley, Director, Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University said, “We are delighted to once again be partnering with William’s Den. Christmas is a magical time but it can also be a challenging time for families and we are grateful to William’s Den for putting this event on to help raise much needed funds.”

Families attending the Christmas lights switch on also got to hear about the new The Christmas Den Experience which opened on Saturday 30th November and runs every weekend until Christmas. Families booking one of the hourly sessions will be welcomed by the cheeky elves into The Christmas Den, help Mother Christmas decorate gingerbread biscuits, meet Father Christmas and build their own Christmas bear to take home.

With many sessions already sold out anyone wanting to visit Father Christmas at William’s Den this year is encouraged to book soon at<,1,LEU1iqqZCbEWHhq5Vkdwte6_ebD6ntez86Jw3VmIeu9ISlLG-GECDTeNZowJ10ENd0DBHtdKNImWdt3c_6JF6oIWm8XgM1CBWRJvgw3B&typo=1>.

The Christmas Den Experience
Opening Dates: 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 21st-24th December 2019. The Christmas Den Experience runs hourly during the day. With a limited number of spaces available in each session, advance booking is essential.

Description: Children and their families will be welcomed into The Christmas Den in small groups. They will be greeted by the cheeky elves straight from the North Pole and will learn how to become an honorary Elf. Mother Christmas can’t wait to tell her treasured Christmas stories and to share her special gingerbread. Made from a very secret recipe, she needs plenty of help to decorate all the biscuits in time! Where there is gingerbread, you’ll find Father Christmas. He is looking forward to meeting our VIP guests and will help each child to build their own Christmas bear to take home! The day wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to let off steam and play, with full William’s Den entry included. (Please note The Christmas Den is only accessible via stairs. Pushchairs will need to be stored at The Welcome Desk area.)

Prices: 30th November, 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th December 2019; Adults £10.00 / Child £22.50
21st – 24th December 2019: Adults £15.00 / Child £27.50

Booking: The Christmas Den Experience runs hourly during the day. The experience lasts around 45 minutes and you will visit The Christmas Den in groups, this is not an individual Father Christmas experience. Book tickets online via the William’s Den website<,1,1hBD9hPTxL67iI-dTvCR2X8mzY3U6wxbGJffGFglznDr20Jhp50cksKEGdBniYBpMvrc6EvTFwHvRCCg7rGJMVz_bw88d3bnqh55STQUIZPTDqI,&typo=1>

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