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."

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