Community groups urged to get their applications in for Comic Relief cash (video)
APPLICATIONS from community projects hoping for Comic Relief cash are flooding in, as the Mail prepares to help give away £50,000.
The Community Cash funding, distributed by the Two Ridings Community Foundation with help from the Mail, will go to deserving charitable causes.
To celebrate, this year's dinosaur-inspired red nose, Dinomite, visited some of the city's iconic buildings ahead of Comic Relief on March 15.
The "nose with toes" was on a mission to raise awareness around the city and was spotted stomping around Holy Trinity Church, Guildhall, The Deep and Queen Victoria Square.
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A Comic Relief spokesman said: "Dinomite appears to be having a great deal of fun in Hull, seeing the city for himself.
"The globetrotter is on a mission to visit the farthest regions of the UK, from Dundee's discovery ship and the Angel of the North, to Manchester United FC, Liverpool's Albert Dock and the south coast."
Pet Respect, in west Hull, is one of a number of causes that has benefited from Community Cash in the past year.
Dog owners Kim Hepple and Marina Hartley set up the charity four years ago and received almost £1,000 from the appeal.
It was spent on paying specialist tutors to come to their weekly youth club and teach different skills, such a woodwork.
The club runs every Tuesday night from 6pm to 8pm at West Park pavilion.
Marina says working with animals in the club has calmed down many of the young people who have attended, as well as those with learning difficulties and young offenders.
She said: "It's extremely difficult to get funding at the moment and the Community Cash has helped us out so much.
"The money was also spent on my son taking a sports leadership course to work with us and help other young people.
"Skills that we teach help with youngsters' CVs and the cash has meant we've been able to fulfil some of our charity ideas."
Pet Respect also promotes education around responsible ownership and hopes to influence people's behaviour.
Kim and Marina go into primary schools with border collie Jess to talk to children about respect for each other and animals.
Marina's son Glen, 21, also works for the charity and discusses his own experiences with bullying while at secondary school in Hull.
He said: "The Community Cash has been great for us at the youth club."
Marina said the charity's directors and volunteers are hosting their own fundraiser for Comic Relief and aim to walk around the city centre dressed as animals.
She said: "We've applied to the council to see if we can go out with Comic Relief buckets and the dogs dressed up.
"Everyone is already excited about it and we think it's important to support the charity which has helped us."
A number of community projects have already applied to the Two Ridings Community Foundation for Community Cash.
Special Smiles, a group working with disabled children in East Yorkshire, has asked for funding to enable children with disabilities to take horse riding lessons.
St Hilda's 95th Hull Guide Unit, which works in a deprived area of Hull, is also hoping to get cash for camping equipment.
Jackie McCafferty said: "We have had a great response and applications are flooding in, we would urge groups thinking of applying to the scheme to get their application in as soon as possible."