Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University are delighted to announce that KCOM have increased their support for our charity by becoming Gold Partners. To mark this special occasion, we have teamed up to create the very first HEY CU branded "Ambassadors of Hull" telephone box in the city centre.

As part of our partnership with KCOM, we regularly deliver our Ambassadors of Hull experience to thousands of local children of every year. The experience aims to give children a sense of pride in their city as they learn all about Hull's most famous people on an Ambassadors Trail. The telephone box will give all children the chance to follow the ambassadors trail by downloading a map using a QR code.

Children who have taken part in our Ambassadors Experience were asked to draw their favourite Hull ambassador and we ran a competition for the very best to feature on the phone box.

Portraits of Hull legends such as William Wilberforce, Clive Sullivan and Amy Johnson, Bee Lady Jean Bishop can now be seen in the kiosk, at the top of Alfred Gelder Street, which has also been dressed in the Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University colours.

As KCOM celebrates its 120th birthday in 2024, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University has been chosen as one of the telecom company’s charities of the year.

Rose James, Chief Executive Officer  of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University, said: “KCOM have been valued partners of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University for over a decade and supported us in so many ways over the years. I am delighted that they have chosen to increase their support by becoming Gold Partners in such a special anniversary year for the business.

“As part of our partnership, KCOM provides our charity with the use of their Learning Zone classroom in the city centre. Thousands of children have attended sessions delivered from the Learning Zone, learning all about Hull’s history and people and helping them to feel proud of the city they come from.

“The launch of our “Hull Ambassadors” phone box is a wonderful way to mark our partnership and gives local families the chance to follow our Hull Ambassadors Trail to find out all about some of the most inspirational people from our city. We hope that the trail will encourage families to explore our rich history and feel proud to be from Hull.”

Other local notables who have been given an artistic tribute on the box are pop star Callum Scott, boxer Tommy  Coyle and headscarf revolutionary Lillian Bilocca.

One of the winning pieces of artwork was created by 8 year old Nellie Hay, from Endsleigh Primary School. Nellie said:

“I chose to draw Amy Johnson because she’s a female adventurer from Hull and she inspired me. I feel very proud that my drawing was officially chosen to be displayed on a special phone box in our city”.

KCOM Community Impact partner Louise Babych said:

“This is a special year for KCOM as we celebrate our 120th anniversary, and we’re delighted to become Gold Partners with a charity that gives life changing experiences to so many local children.

“We’re always looking for creative ways to work together, from our engaging Learning Zone activity to STEM based projects that inspire an interest in digital careers.

“What better way than to celebrate our growing partnership than wrapping one of our iconic kiosks and giving young people a chance to be part of Hull’s history and future.”