Doctors prescribe Hull Children's University a huge cash boost
ONE of the city's best-loved charities has had its future secured after being given hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Hull Children's University has been given £375,000 by the newly formed NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The money will allow the charity to reach thousands more children each year.
It will also be able to expand its work in the city.
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The NHS Hull CCG is a body of doctors that holds the purse strings for health services in Hull.
From April 1 it will replace NHS Hull, the outgoing Primary Care Trust.
Julia Mizen, director of commissioning and partnerships at Hull CCG, said: "We have two priorities – one is children and one is prevention.
"This fitted with that. It is about investing in the health of our children, so they grow up into healthy adults and believe in themselves and have ambitions.
"For us it was about understanding the Children's University programme and giving the added resources it needs."
Mrs Mizen said looking after the mental and physical wellbeing of children was a key part of the strategy to improve overall health in Hull.
"We have to be innovative in this city," she said. "There are lots of opportunities here for children.
"And we have to show them what opportunities there are.
"It is quite a small city and with talk about unemployment and deprivation we want to show children there is life outside their four walls."
The group will give the cash over the next three years.
The charity offers modules to schoolchildren, which are delivered by tutors and volunteer mentors.
These include trips to London, to the Star Centre to be an astronaut for the day,
The aim is to develop self-esteem, build self-confidence and communication skills and promote the importance of leading a more healthy and active life.
Dr John Buttrick, director of Hull Children's University, said: "This is fantastic. To know the NHS and the Clinical Commissioning Group believe in the Hull Children's University is so rewarding and fulfilling to know they rate it so highly.
"This gives us sustainability on which we can build. It was desperately needed to ensure we get to as many young people as possible."
The Children's University operates in one third of the city's schools but would like to offer more.
Mr Buttrick said: "It's a partnership made in heaven.
"I will now sleep better and won't be thinking where my next £1 is coming from every second of the day."
Teachers and pupils also welcomed the news.
Kate Hindson, headteacher at Pearson Primary School, said: "The Children's University is dynamic and the marvellous thing about it is the children can always find someone they can relate to."