Child poverty charity says demand is growing from Hull families who need help
A CHILD poverty charity is looking to help more families in Hull.
Buttle UK gives out money to buy essentials such as clothes and beds.
The charity estimates there are 17,600 children living in poverty in the city but so far only 40 families have approached it for help.
Fundraising and marketing director Richard Barron said: "We provide funding for essential items.
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"If families are struggling to afford things such as cookers, fridges and children's books, then they can ask a local support worker to get in touch with us.
"If people think they need this funding, they should either talk to someone locally or get in touch with us."
Last year, the charity helped a single Hull mum with a disabled daughter.
She was in debt and struggling to find work, despite putting in time as a volunteer.
Her daughter's regular trips to hospital cost a lot of money and the woman reached out to Buttle for help.
She got a grant for a new bed so the two did not have to share any more.
The charity's average grant is about £250.
It distributes about £3m every year and Mr Barron said in the current climate, demand is growing.
He said: "We can certainly distribute that amount of money easily given the level of demand.
"We know how difficult it can be for some families, particularly at the moment."
The charity was founded in 1953 after the death of Cambridge clergyman and ambitious fundraiser Frank Buttle.
During his life, he raised £1m from investments and directed that it should be used to found a charity after he died.
That money was reinvested and provides Buttle's main source of income today.
The charity also works with Children In Need to raise money from donations.
As well as buying essentials for struggling families, its cash is also used to send vulnerable children to boarding school where their lives can be more structured.
Young people can also get help paying for training courses to improve their chances of getting a job.
Visit www.buttleuk.org to find out more.