On Tuesday 29th March, Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, launched a fantastic new partnership with local charity Hull Children’s University. Having sponsored the work of the charity since its inception in 1996, Smith & Nephew has this year become official Bronze Partners.
Rosanna James, Partnership Manager of Hull Children’s University explained the impact that the partnership will have on the charity; “Without the support of local businesses like Smith & Nephew, we wouldn’t be able to deliver our experiences. Smith & Nephew is one of Hull’s most well-known companies and we are so very grateful for their support in inspiring the future generations of our city.”
Employees at Smith & Nephew have also been volunteering for Hull Children’s University as part of the charity’s mentoring scheme. One employee, Mark Stockdale, has been a volunteer for the charity for over 18 years.
Hull Children’s University has been established for the past 20 years with a mission of building self-esteem and raising aspirations in young people by providing unique learning experiences. Currently, over 16,000 children in Hull are living in poverty with 84% of these children coming from out-of-work households. These children may not have access to the opportunities that other children receive and many of them have never left Hull, some having never even ventured into the city centre! Hull Children’s University often meets children who have never been on a train, have never been to the countryside and some have never even seem Hull’s best known landmark, The Humber Bridge!
The charity strongly believes that ALL children should get to see beyond the end of their street and experience the world around them. It believes that every child is intelligent in different ways; they just need the opportunity to discover their hidden talents and ignite their aspirations for the future.
Hull Children’s University’s learning experiences are designed to engage, inspire and educate. Being an inclusive organisation, it takes full classes of children on its experiences and is currently working with over 80% of the primary schools in the city. Whether it is a trip to London to have a sleepover under the dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum or visiting a local business to learn about that industry, the children leave these experiences happy, excited and with new aspirations that they will hopefully carry with them into adulthood. Hull Children’s University aims to put the fire into their bellies that will help them to succeed!