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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQUUEMmB7yM&t=6s



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 lisa.whitton@hull.ac.uk or 07759 300495.



Our Christmas single! “The 12 Months of Culture”

Watch the video here! https://youtu.be/Lkk0KudCXLg

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.

Lunch with Her Majesty The Queen!

On Thursday 16th November, HEY Children’s University Director Natasha Barley and Partnership Manager Rose James had the honour of attending a private luncheon with Her Majesty The Queen as part of her visit to Hull.

The luncheon was held at The University of Hull with a small selection of guests and Natasha and Rose were lucky enough to be invited to attend. The guests and Her Majesty enjoyed a pork terrine starter, lamb loin main and miniature apple pie dessert, all prepared by the University’s fantastic catering team.

HEY CU Director Natasha said “Being invited by Her Majesty the Queen to attend a private lunch at the University is one of the highlights of my career. It is also fantastic validation that the work we are doing is important and valued by the monarchy. I don’t think you can get a better accolade.”

Partnership Manager Rose had written a letter to Her Majesty over a year ago to tell her all about our Ambassadors of Hull Experience, in which she is hailed as the ultimate ambassador. Her Majesty sent a detailed reply stating that she had read the letter with great interest and would love to hear more should she visit Hull in it’s year as City of Culture.

“We were very excited to receive such a detailed reply from Her Majesty The Queen” Rose said “But we never could have imagined that we would be invited to attend a lunch with her! It was completely surreal and utterly wonderful to be sat eating lunch so close to The Queen. We are incredibly proud of the work we do and to get this recognition is incredible for the charity”

Lunch with Her Majesty come just weeks after HEY Children’s University Founder Dr John Buttrick received his MBE at Buckingham Palace and this week two of our volunteers Mark Stockdale and Ruth Truelove will be presented with their British Empire Medals (BEM) at Burton Agnes Hall.

Container Project

A shipping container decorated with art designed by local children is due to set off on its worldwide journey today after being officially launched by ABP, Samskip and Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University.

The project commenced earlier this year as part of ABP Humber’s partnership and ongoing support of the charity, Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and the City of Culture 2017.

Pupils from thirty-five local schools took part in a competition where classes were asked to explain why they love Hull by writing a poem or a story. These entries were judged and the ten winning classes then had the opportunity to come on a HEY CU experience sponsored by ABP and draw or digitally master a piece of artwork which they were able to submit to ABP for judging.

The ten winning images were then printed on to sheeting which wrapped the container, kindly donated by global logistics company, Samskip.

The container competition sparked the interest of local children who will be able to track the decorated container around the world. By watching where in the world the container travels, the project aims to increase the children’s understanding of trade and will in turn, show them how the Port of Hull is pivotal in the journey of goods travelling to and from the UK.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for ABP Humber said: “The opportunity to ease children into learning about our local economy, the transportation of goods and the importance of their region when it comes to trade is one not to be missed. We have an obligation to help our younger generations learn about the possible effects of Brexit but to also show them how the Humber region is succeeding in these times of unrest.”

Natasha Banke, Director of Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University said: “We have an amazing partnership with ABP that allows us to teach children about the ports and the pivotal role they play not only in the local economy but the country as a whole. There are so many job opportunities at the ports and working in partnership with ABP allows us to inspire children to think about pursuing careers in shipping, supply chain and logistics to name a few. ABP’s commitment to inspiring local children is outstanding.“



Beerhouse Self Drive Hire take on the Lyke Wake Walk for HEY CU

On Saturday 27th May 2017 Beerhouse Self Drive Hire & Minstergate took on the Lyke Wake Walk to raise money for HEY Children’s University and St Catherine’s Hospice. 22 hrs later they completed it!

It was a great experience and everybody showed great team spirit in helping and encouraging each other to continue when spirits were low!

Over the course of the walk, the team split into three groups, with the first group coming in on 18 hrs (Katie & Grant) the second group on 19hrs (Nat, Chloe, Ryan & Lisa) and the Third group on 22 hrs, completing the

last 2 miles in their flip flops! (Sarah, Lucy, Beckie, Ness, John & Phil)

There were three casualties along the way and, as determined as they were to continue, they made the very tough decision to stop the walk.

Everyone agreed that this was the hardest challenge they had done, by far.  But as tough and brutal as it was, the sense of achievement when completing it was worth all the pain!

Phil Moses, Director at Beerhouse Self Drive, said “This was a great experience and we all feel a great sense of achievement. To say that not all of the team knew each other before the walk, it was great to see so many each other when they were feeling low. Well done all!”

The team raised an amazing £3000 to be split between both charities. The £1500 raised for HEY Children’s University will fund the train tickets for a class of children to take a trip to London with us.

Thank you so much to Beerhouse Self Drive!


Running a Head of the Curve

Every year, Hull Children’s University are lucky enough to have supporters take part in various challenges to raise money for us. Charity runs have proved to be one of the most popular ways to raise funds and last year over £3000 was raised just from these runs alone.

We currently work with 46 local primary schools and one of the schools that we work regularly with is Oldfleet Primary school in East Hull.

The Headteacher at Oldfleet Primary, Andy Conlon,  has taken on the great task of completing not one, but three charity runs to raise money for Hull Children’s University.

Working in Education for 30 years, Andy has seen the work that Hull Children’s University does, and the impact that it has on the children, first hand:

“I wanted to support the Children’s University simply because the organisation does so much fantastic work on behalf of the children of Hull. We accept their support in so many ways, so it only seems fair that we give something in return. A fundraising event also helps to promote the work that Hull Children’s University does to an audience who might not be aware of who they are.”

Rose James, Partnership Manager of Hull Children’s University, explained the difference that Andy’s fundraising efforts will make to the charity’s work:

“We are so very grateful to Andy for choosing to fundraise for us. Three runs in just 4 months is a huge challenge to take on and we cannot thank him enough for his support. Every £100 raised will allow us to deliver a local experience for a whole class of children, so it will make a great difference to local children who need our help.”

Andy has already completed the Hull 10K and Humber Bridge Half Marathon and will be taking on the Hull Marathon on the 24th of September this year. He is aiming to complete the three runs in a combined time of just 8 hours and 45 minutes.

He has always been a keen runner and although he has had a few breaks from it, the “buzz” he gets from running always makes him return.

He said “I believe in keeping fit.  I believe that physical fitness raises your self-esteem and can be a driver for improvement”.

He regularly runs as part of East Hull Fit Mums and Friends and also the Hull Park Run every Saturday morning.

Being extremely competitive means that Andy is always striving to improve his Personal Best, but he admits this doesn’t always go to plan:

“For the Hull 10K I aimed for 60 minutes and finished in 62 minutes. However, it was scorching hot!”

Those extra two minutes didn’t faze Andy though, and the Humber Bridge Half Marathon was an absolute triumph with him finishing the course in 2 hours and 16 minutes – 14 minutes faster than his target:

“This was my quickest half marathon time since 2011! This means that I am 12 minutes inside my target time for all three!”

On the 24th September, Andy will be taking on the final run in this challenge, The Hull Marathon and he is particularly looking forward to the grand finish inside the KCOM stadium!

Andy would like to raise as much money as possible for Hull Children’s University. You can support him by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page here:


William’s Den names HEY CU as their charity of the year!

William’s Den, the children’s play adventure near North Cave, has chosen The Children’s University as its official charity partner for 2017.

Believed to be the UK’s largest-ever indoor timber play experience, William’s Den is described by owners Christian and Tor Carver as a ‘nostalgic nod to a bygone era of child’s play’.

Rosanna James from Hull Children’s University comments: “Children can only aspire to what they know exists and celebrating learning is at the heart of everything we do. We’re delighted to be working with William’s Den to offer some really exciting days out for local children in 2017 and 2018.”

Tor Carver, co-founder at William’s Den, says: “Each year we will be selecting an appropriate charity partner at William’s Den and the work of Hull Children’s University is just amazing. With 2017 being the year of our launch, we wanted to work with a charity to help those in need locally. We’re looking forward to helping with the fundraising efforts this year.”

William’s Den includes a 475sqm play barn and outdoor play spanning over 10,000 m2 – including a 50metre zip wire, den making area and ‘mountains and molehills’ space for kids to run, jump and roll around freely.

William’s Den will also have an indoor play adventure including a stream, rainmaker water cascade, unique climbing structures, nets, treehouse and bridges.

Families will also enjoy a stunning restaurant serving wood fired pizzas in a lovingly restored brick barn, with an ice cream parlour and barista served coffees. A free play area for toddlers will be accessible from the coffee zone.

William’s Den have already raised over £1200 for HEY CU by inventing a very special rainbow ice cream in which all proceeds were donated to us. More fundraising activities will be taking place over the course of the year.

The Queen Honours Hull Children’s University Staff and Volunteers

Friday 16th June was a day to remember for Hull Children’s University as we saw not one, not two, but three of our friends named in the Queens Birthday Honours! Staff and volunteers from Hull Children’s University made up three of the eight honours given in East Yorkshire.

Dr John Buttrick, Founder and former Director of Hull Children‘s University has received an MBE for his services to children in Hull after being nominated by Hull Children’s University and our  supporters.

Mark Stockdale, our longest-serving volunteer and tutor received a BEM for services to education after being nominated by St Anthony’s Primary School.

Trustee and volunteer at Hull Children’s University, Ruth Truelove, was also awarded a BEM for service to education for her work as a reading assistant and governor at Stepney Primary School, Hull, and as a volunteer for the National Literacy Trust.

We are so proud of John, Mark and Ruth and feel very lucky to have them as part of our charity. Congratulations!
Read more at http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/the-eight-people-from-hull-and-east-yorkshire-named-in-the-queen-s-honours/story-30395516-detail/story.html#3rBqxZW8F92rHAQm.99


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