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!