The Making Dreams Raffle- Get your tickets now!

The Making Dreams Raffle is here!

We are very excited to launch our “Making Dreams” online raffle which is raising funds to send a class of children on a London Experience next year. ENTER HERE:…/

Gyfters is a site which helps charities host their raffles. They are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.
We have over 30 AMAZING prizes to be won:
1. Gin Hamper with 4 gins plus mixers and glasses (donated by Richard Hammond Price)

2. The Humber Street Hamper- Bottle of Gin from Humber Street Distillery Co, a potted plant from, Plant & Paint, a Poster Puzzle from Form Shop & Studio, a £35 voucher for Atom – Hull and a bottle of wine.

3. 1ltr Smirnoff Vodka – donated by Sonoco Trident
4. 70cl VAT 69 Whisky – donated by Sonoco Trident
5. £20 Bohemia Boutique Voucher with Bohemia Boutique Clip – donated by bohemia boutique
6. Bohemia Boutique Clip Scarf – donated by bohemia boutique

7. £50 Beauty Clinic Voucher – donated by The Beauty Clinic. Cottingham

8. Decléor Romarin Officinal Daily Hand Wash Scrub and Decléor Néroli Bigarade Bath & Shower Gel – donated by The Beauty Clinic. Cottingham

9. Decléor Strengthening & Hydrating Kit – donated by The Beauty Clinic. Cottingham
10. Claire West Print Cushion donated by Claire West Painter printmaker
11. Claire West set of greeting cards and 4 coasters donated by Claire West Painter printmaker
12. £50 The Triton Inn restaurant voucher (1)
13. £50 The Triton Inn restaurant voucher (2)
14. £20 voucher for Zolsha Indian restaurant at Howden
15. Prosecco from Flourish and Prosper in Howden
16. £20 Morrisons voucher from Morrisons Brough
17. Meal for 2 voucher for Beefeater The Kingswood
18. Wine and nibbles hamper (1)
19. Wine and nibbles hamper (2)
20. Cosy night in hamper
21. Pink beauty set
22. Pamper hamper (1)
23. Pamper Hamper (2)
24. Pamper Hamper (3)
25. Prosecco and Beauty hamper
26. Luxury Nibbles hamper (1)
27. Luxury Nibbles hamper (2)
28. £10 voucher from Langlands Garden Centre – Shiptonthorpe
29. £20 voucher from Gilberdyke Garden Centre
30. Hamper from Waitrose Willerby
31. £40 for The Greek Princes Avenue
32. £20 Food voucher (1) for Half Moon Skidby
33. £20 Food voucher (2) for Half Moon Skidby
34. Giant penguin teddy
35. Giant Dog teddy
36. Large Teddy bear
37. Scentsy gift set with 3 solid melts, body wash and hand cream.
38. Sessions House Spa Beverley £30 blowdry voucher
Entries are just £1, discounts for multiple entries (see raffle page for details).
Collection preferred but we can deliver if necessary. The charity can only deliver the winners prize(s) to a Hull address. If a winner resides outside of Hull the winner is to arrange collection of the prize from the charity. For your safely, prize collections will be inline with COVID safety protocols.
All Terms and Conditions are available to read on the raffle page.
Thank you to our fundraising committee for arranging these fantastic prizes.

Take on the #CaptainTom100 challenge for HEY Children’s University!

Take on the #CaptainTom100 challenge for HEY Children’s University!


New fundraising initiative over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend of Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May to celebrate his life and amazing achievements 

Captain Tom 100 invites people all over the world to take on a challenge
based around the number 100 to raise funds for charity

Following the outpouring of heartfelt messages since the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore on 2 February, his family pledged to celebrate his life with an event that everyone, in the UK and around the world, could be involved in. That event is the Captain Tom 100 and HEY Children’s University is proud to be inviting our supporters to take part.

HEY Children’s University, like many other charities, has been hugely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s had a catastrophic effect, with the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income.

Captain Tom 100 offers HEY Children’s University supporters, of all ages and abilities, the the opportunity to raise crucial funds for our charity, while at the same time celebrating Captain Tom’s generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions, and his sense of fun.

 How it works

It’s so simple. All participants need to do is dream up a Captain Tom 100 challenge based around the number 100 and do it at any time and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend – starting on Friday 30 April through to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May.

The challenge could be walking 100 steps or running 100 metres, scoring 100 goals, baking 100 cakes, climbing 100 stairs, hopping 100 laps of the garden, building 100 sandcastles, writing a 100-word poem, flipping 100 pancakes – anything at all, inside or out.

Once supporters have chosen their challenge, they can fundraise or donate to HEY Children’s University, and share their 100 on social media, using #CaptainTom100 

Captain Tom’s daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible support we have received since my father started his record-breaking fundraising walk and that his message of hope was shared with the world. Captain Tom was very proud to be able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation. We know he would love the idea of inviting everyone to get involved and share their Captain Tom 100 so that together we can ensure ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’. We look forward to celebrating with you on what would have been his 101st birthday weekend – it’s going to be fun!”

Set up your #CaptainTom100  Fundraising page for HEY Children’s University here:








10k for £10k: Our founder is on a mission to give back. Here is his story…


Dr John Buttrick MBE founded Hull Children’s University in 1996 when he was Deputy Head at Francis Askew School. John realised that nurturing children’s individual talents and interests really had an impact on their self esteem and in turn, their ambitions for the future. So he left teaching and created Hull Children’s University.

In 2015, John unfortunately had to retire due to illness and leaving the charity in such sudden circumstances broke his heart.

6 years on and John is  back to fitness and raring to go! Now he wants to say thank you to everyone who supported Hull Children’s University over the years by raising money with a 10K run. Here is John’s story:

Hi Everyone

It’s John Buttrick here, probably you don’t remember me but I founded Kingston upon Hull Children’s University way back in the mid nineties.

Sadly I had to retire in 2015 due to ill health but so delighted it continues to flourish.

My illness was diagnosed as vasculitis , inflammation of the blood vessels leading to the brain. It wasn’t until around four years later that I fully recovered. Almost two of those years were spent on my sofa with various other ailments setting in.

I became severely depressed and my mental health was in tatters. Lost the sense of balance so couldn’t walk properly, my speech became slurred and I was devoid of energy and put on two stone in weight. I was a mess with self esteem and confidence rock bottom. I didn’t even have the bottle to go outside!

My recovery was gradual due to several experiences and support none more so than my wife Lesley and daughter Nikki who became my rocks.

Other close friends and colleagues gave their support too and the acquisition of a pet dog, Poppy who persuaded me to take her for walks played a significant role in my rehabilitation and mindset change.

Then one day I received a letter from Buckingham Palace to inform me that the Queen wished to award me an MBE in her Birthday Honours list for my services to the Children of Hull.

I can still feel the shivers sprinting up my spine, I felt humbled yet elated. It certainly gave me an emotional and psychological lift and it became a pivotal moment in my recovery.

With my brain beginning to function ,my anxiety and depression starting to lift, I managed to escape my sofa and began walking again but with an unstable balance. I was still not fully recovered when I received my MBE from Prince William.

Perhaps the most powerful force in my progress was when my daughter Nikki persuaded me to return to the gym!

I was extremely anxious as I stepped through the doors as I was out of condition and my inside was pumped with medication . However since that day I’ve managed to turn my life around by working out and running almost every day.I had a period of uninterrupted gym activity but then Covid came along !

I’d been isolated through my illness for almost four years and now shielding at home due to my Extremely Clinically Vulnerable status. My Mycophenalate medication reduced my immune system to a very low level of resistance and if being hit by the virus my only survival was to keep myself fit, healthy and strong.

In order to solve the problem of not being able to attend the gym I created a makeshift one in my garage! Never missed a daily session in my quest to become super fit ! Cross Training, cycling, weight lifting, mat exercising and running when Boris said I could take some outdoor activity!

Luckily I’ve kept my fitness training as a priority in my life and it’s become a daily activity.

Confidence and self esteem are back in tact and I’m looking forward to coming out of lockdown and enjoying the life I had prior to 2014 again.

I had to retire from my post as Director of Hull Children’s University so didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye and thank all the hundreds of children and grown ups for their support of the innovative educational venture.

So now it’s payback time!

From hardly being able to walk to running and training daily, I’m going to run this years Hull 10k and hopefully gain sponsorship in order to support HEY CU!

I will also donate to Alzheimer’s Research as I’ve watched my mum and many others in care homes deteriorate and lose their identity.

I would be grateful for any sponsorship contributions towards young people at the start of their lives and those dementia sufferers towards the end of theirs .

Thank you

Dr John Buttrick MBE

If you would like to support John’s efforts, you can make a donation here: Virgin Money Giving | My 10K challenge

VACANCY: Children in Care Letterbox Club Tutor

Children in Care Letterbox Club Tutor (Hull) full time

Salary £22,462 (point 23 NJC Scale)

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays

Fixed term contract for a year with potential for renewal, subject to funding.

Start date: 12th April 2021

Closing date: 4th March 2021 – Remote interview 9th March 2021

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University are looking for a friendly, positive and self motivated person who loves working with children and loves reading to join our amazing charity. We have a vibrant, energetic and hard working team who all share a passion for changing children’s lives.

The new Letterbox Club Coordinator will join our current Letterbox Coordinator to provide Children in Care in Hull (year 3 to year 6) with one-to -one reading sessions that over time improve their reading ability, showing tangible improvement in reading age measured by regular assessments. They will visit the children in their schools on a regular basis, delivering their bespoke Letterbox Parcels that contain books, games and equipment to improve their reading, maths and literacy.

During school holidays the Letterbox Coordinator will be required to support the learning experiences that HEY Children’s University provides to the Children in Care. This may mean some out of hours and weekend work (though plenty of notice will be given).

*Due to COVID 19 the reading sessions can be done virtually. Any sessions done in schools will be socially distanced and PPE worn at all times. We aim to have all sessions face to face again in September*

The successful candidate will either be a Qualified Teacher or Senior level Teaching Assistant with at least a year’s experience in carrying out reading assessments with primary school aged children. Some experience in working with Children in Care is desirable.

Due to this role requiring regular travelling, a full clean UK driving license and the use of own car is essential.As this job involves working with children and young people, the successful candidate will be required to complete an enhanced disclosure DBS check.

They must also provide two references, one being from the manager at their current or most recent place of employment.

HEY Children’s University is an inclusive employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds, including LGBTQ+ and BAME applicants.

To apply please send a COVERING LETTER AND CV to  Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

ThingSIM help HEY CU get children online


Our Digital Divide campaign to provide vital equipment to children who are unable to access online lessons has been given a major boost.

Hull company ThingSIM is donating Wi-Fi dongles with their own specialised SIM cards to the Stop the Digital Divide appeal run by Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University which aims to provide laptops and Internet access for primary school children. The equipment will be distributed by schools who have identified pupils in need.

ThingSIM will be providing 85 dongles initially and will cover the costs for all of the data used by the recipients.

The special SIM cards are protected by ThingSIM’s advanced security platform and will restrict children’s Internet access to educational resources to assure online safety and allow the schools to meet their safeguarding obligations. The company, which is based at Hull’s C4DI, has just been launched by entrepreneur Chris Byrd, and provides connectivity and management solutions for businesses using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University has been raising money via a GoFundMe page with a target figure of £20,000. At the time of writing, nearly £13,000 had been generated and the equipment was starting to be delivered to local schools. We are also asking the public to donate old laptops and tablets which will be ‘wiped’ of all data.

Natasha Barley, HEY Children’s University director, said that there were many families without Internet access meaning that disadvantaged children were getting left further behind due to COVID-19.

“The donation of the WiFi dongles is exceptionally generous for a fledgling business and it provides us with a very straightforward solution for the schools which have requested equipment. We want to say a massive thank you to ThingSIM.”

Chris Byrd said: “As someone who has made technology my career, I find it unthinkable that so many young people have no Internet access resulting in isolation and lack of opportunity.

“These children are our future and we want to do our bit to enable them to participate in online school lessons, research and homework. Education is a basic right which should not be denied to them due to this pandemic.

“ThingSIM has a unique set of security capabilities which are normally used for large commercial IoT deployments, and we are very pleased to have been able to adapt the platform to ensure children using our connectivity service can be kept safe whilst online”

Chris Byrd started ThingSIM to help SMEs take advantage of the huge potential of smart device technology. The company is able to provide global, secure connectivity and can offer solutions that bypass the public Internet.

Natasha Barley added: “It’s our job as a community and as a society to do our bit to ensure these children are not marginalised, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated, and to ThingSIM for providing this perfect solution to providing essential connectivity.”


ABP renew their Platinum Partnership with HEY Children’s University


Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University is delighted to report that Associated British Ports (ABP) have renewed their Platinum Partnership for another year. ABP are Pioneer Partners of the charity, having supported us for a number of years and have been Platinum Partners for the past 2 years.  As Platinum Partners, ABP are one of our charities main sponsors and allow us to continue to deliver our work so that we can help some of societies most vulnerable children.

Our charity was unable to hold fundraising events in 2020 due to the pandemic and this meant that we took a huge hit financially. The effects of the pandemic also mean that many more children are living in poverty and sadly, many more children are going into the Care system. The support of ABP means that we can continue our work and reach the children that are going to need our help.

About ABP Humber

The Port of Hull is the UK’s leading softwood timber port and the focus of the offshore wind sector on the Humber, the UK’s energy estuary. The port hosts regular ferry and container services connecting mainland Europe, and beyond. Multi-million pound investment in the Hull Container Terminal has cemented Hull’s position as a leading gateway for trade, offering reliable and resilient supply chain solutions. Adjacent to the port, the Humber International Enterprise Park is one of the largest development sites in the UK.

The Port of Hull handles approximately 10 million tonnes of cargo, amounting to around £12 billion in trade each year. As well as containers, ferry travel and Ro-Ro, Hull specialises in handling forest products and a range of bulk commodities. Hull is also home to the UK’s first fully-enclosed cargo-handling facility for weather-sensitive cargoes such as steel and bagged products.

A key gateway on the UK’s busiest trading estuary, the Humber, the Port of Hull supports 12,000 jobs and contributes over £800 million to the economy every year. ABP’s continued investment in infrastructure, equipment and systems, ensures the Port of Hull is capable of delivering the supply chain solutions our customers need.

The Port of Hull has a team dedicated to safely delivering the highest standards of customer service, ready to work in partnership to help our customers’ businesses to grow.

Partnership with HEY Children’s University

HEY Children’s University is passionate about giving children the opportunity to see different industries and places of work. We have worked in collaboration with the ABP team to put together an ABP experience to follow on from our visits to P&O ferries. The children are taken on a coach tour of the ports whilst the knowledgeable staff from ABP tell the children interesting facts about the different areas of the ports.

For the past 6 years, HEY CU and ABP have worked together to deliver the annual Humber Cruises for local children. Many children in Hull have never seen the Humber, let alone sailed on it, so to cruise along the river really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 60 Children a day board the Yorkshire Belle vessel and embark on a 3 hour cruise along the Humber, hearing a running commentary all about the businesses along the Humber and how important the estuary is to the rest of the country.

As Platinum Partners, ABP will also be funding a Kip on a Ship Experience for a class of local children (once restrictions have been eased and our experiences are resuming).



URGENT APPEAL – Stop the Digital Divide

Stop the Digital Divide

The digital divide is having a serious impact on children accessing online learning during the pandemic. Society’s most vulnerable children are falling even further behind because they don’t have a device at home to access online lessons. Please help Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University make sure that every primary school child in Hull and the East Riding has a laptop or tablet. We have contacted all the schools we work with in areas of deprivation and they need a total of 865.

We also want to provide dongles so that the children have the wifi connectivity they need to access the lessons. All money raised will go directly to buying devices and dongles for children.

How your funding will be used:
£179 buys a Chrome book for a child
£44.99 buys a data dongle with 15GB which can be topped up

If you have a used laptop or tablet that is less then five years old, in working order and has the charger these can be donated to the charity. We will have the hard drive wiped and the device factory reset to be given to schools to distribute to families. Drop offs of devices can be made to 65 Salmon Grove, Hull, HU67SZ on Wednesday mornings 8.30am to 12. Please ensure you are wearing a mask when you drop off your device. If you’d like us to collect your device please email us via our website and we will arrange a collection. Or you can also post your devices to Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University, 65 Salmon Grove, Hull, HU67SZ

Our go fund me page can be found here:

The Doorstep Elves are coming!

From left: Charlotte Bramley, Rose James, Tommy Coyle, Natasha Barley and Jo Coates during the 2019 Christmas drop offs


For many children, Christmas really can be “the most wonderful time of the year”: The excitement of leaving Santa a mince pie on Christmas eve, the thrill of opening presents on Christmas morning and the delicious Christmas dinner that follows!  But for some children, Christmas is something that they only see happen to other people, or in the movies.

Christmas is expensive and some families do not have enough money to have a Christmas, and this year there will be many more families struggling as a result of the pandemic.  There are children in Hull who won’t receive a single present on Christmas day, even though their families would love to be able to give them a gift.

Hull charity HEY Children’s University and Tommy Coyle’s Coyle Sports Community have teamed up to bring the magic of Christmas to those children who otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas.  They have created “The Doorstep Elves” scheme where they will be visiting the doorsteps of deserving families to bring them presents and the ingredients to make a wonderful Christmas feast.

Tommy and the HEY Children’s University team delivered Christmas presents and food to families in need last year, but this year they saw the need to make the scheme something much bigger.

Tommy said ‘Lots of people have been saying “Christmas is cancelled this year”- well not in my city! HEY Children’s University and Coyle Sports have got the backs of these families after such a shocking year for us all. Christmas is a time for giving, not receiving and we will do everything we can to help’

The Doorstep Elves will deliver the treats to families that were nominated by their local communities through the Children’s University.

The HEY Children’s University team set up an Amazon wish list with gifts ideas for the children and supporting businesses purchased items on the list for a specific child. The purchased gifts will be sent to the Doorstep Elves team to wrap up and label for each family.

The charity also set up a Go Fund Me page which received over £1000 worth of donations from the general public which will go towards buying gifts.

The local businesses that have purchased gifts or made donations towards gifts are Phillips 66, Harris Lacey and Swain, Westcot Credit Services, ABP, BP, Sauce and C4Di.  Cranswick Country Foods have donated meat products for the Christmas dinners and Morrison’s Beverley are donating the vegetables and gravy. Supporter of the charity Rikk Hammond-Price has donated a selection box for every child to enjoy after their Christmas dinner.

Marine Rescue Technologies Ltd have given the Doorstep Elves the use of a large space at their Beverley headquarters for the presents to wrapped and sorted into sacks to take to the families. The company have also sponsored presents for the children.

Natasha Barley, Director at HEY Children’s University said “This has been a challenging year for all of us and some families have suffered terribly with parents losing their jobs. They are now worried about how they are going to provide a Christmas for their children. This gives us the chance to help families have a magical Christmas and bring some much-needed cheer. Christmas is a time for giving and kindness and I think this is a lovely way to help families in need over the holidays.”


Give the gift of a DREAM this Tuesday!

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University is thrilled to announce that we’re one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on the 1st of December.

Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to #GiveBack2020 either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused dramatic repercussions around the world. According to CAF research, charities have reported a significant increase in demand for their services while more than half (53%) have suffered a drop in donations. Charities estimate they will see a £10bn funding gap and without help many may be forced to close their doors.

HEY Children’s University is a charity that provides unique and sometimes life changing experiences to children who are growing up in areas of disadvantage. Many children grow up having never ventured much further than their own street and never get the opportunity to discover their own special talents and interests. Some of them spend their childhood never having a dream. HEY Children’s University gives children the chance to dream.

In 2019 #GivingTuesday was the top trending item on UK Twitter and generated more than 487m impressions. In the UK, more than £14.2 million was raised in online donations (via Visa alone), equivalent to almost £10,000 per minute.

Rose James, Partnership Manager at HEY Children’s University explained why it is so important to give this year: “The pandemic has had a huge impact on working class families and many are finding themselves in poverty. Sadly, there has also been a spike in the number of children going into the care system. That means there are more local children that need our help than ever before. This year has been tough, but even the smallest donation will make a difference.”

Gráinne Mathews, #GivingTuesday UK Lead at the CAF, adds:

“Charities have given us so much this year, from vital food deliveries during lockdown, to developing new ways to deliver services so they could continue to help those in need; all while struggling themselves with cancelled fundraising events and closed charity shops.

“This #GivingTuesday charities need us to be there for them, like they’ve been there for us. It is time to #GiveBack2020. It’s easy, just think of what you have – money, a voice, family, friends, followers, or time – and how that might help.”

To find out more about #GivingTuesday, and how you can get involved, visit:


HEY CU Welcomes New Trustees

Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Trustees: Ashley Smith and Kate van der Sluis.

Kate is a Managing Partner at Humber HR People and brings a wealth of knowledge about HR to the charity. Kate has a BA English & Psychology, 1997, FRIP – Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Practitioners. She has 20 years’ experience as a Recruitment Manager and Director across Yorkshire: her particular passions are employer branding and marketing; leadership and management development and connecting businesses and organisations to work together: she is passionate about the strength of collaboration and partnerships. Kate had this to say about the work of HEY CU and joining the board “I feel passionately about the work you do at Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University. As a Mum, a kid from a council estate in Bradford, an ex-nearly teacher and now in my career working with employers and their staff, I see first-hand the impact of interventions for children at a young age and the difference it makes to their aspirations and achievements later in life. I can think of no other charity we would rather support.” With Kate joining she also brings over 120 years of HR experience with the wider team at Humber HR People also providing support to the charity. 

Kate will be taking the place of Dickie Donovan, Group People Director at William Jackson Food Group, the charities current Trustee with a background in HR. Dickie has decided to find work closer to home so that he can spend more time with his family. Dickie will be greatly missed and we wish him the best of luck. 

As a charity we want to ensure that we are as diverse as possible and represent our beneficiaries heritage in our volunteers, team and Board of Trustees. We wanted to ensure that we have some younger board members hence the addition of Ashley Smith, Product Manager at Ideal Standard and 2020 winner of the Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30. 

In 2017 Ashley was selected as part of the Ideal Standard ‘Emerging Talent’ programme with eleven colleagues. In 2019 this gave him the opportunity to travel to Malawi for 10 days, in partnership with one of Ideal Standard’s new house build customers, Miller Homes, and their chosen charity, Habitat for Humanity. While in Malawi he built homes for three families giving him a new found passion for charitable work leading him to express an interest in becoming a Trustee for HEY CU. Ashley said “I feel it’s important to develop the city’s future adults and give them opportunities they may not otherwise have. I have always learnt best by doing. Some of my best childhood memories are school trips, where learning was made enjoyable and sociable. HEY Children’s University have been delivering some fantastic projects for some years and it would be a privilege to play a part in the development of this fantastic charity.” Ashley brings youth and enthusiasm as well as six years of marketing experience to the charity and we are 
excited that he is part of the team.

We continue to evolve the mix of Trustees on our Board. We do a yearly skills audit of our trustees to ensure that have the right mix of expertise. Although we are currently not recruiting Trustees we welcome expressions of interest from people of all backgrounds. These can be emailed to Natasha Barley Charity Director

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