Lloyds awards £5,000 to Hull Children's University
A CHILDREN’S charity in Hull is celebrating after winning thousands of pounds to support its work with young people in the community.
Hull Children’s University, in Salmon Grove, has been awarded £5,000 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund.
The charity is one of 132 projects from around the UK that have been chosen to receive cash following a public poll.
Eve Clark, commercial fundraising and business manager at the Children’s University, said it was humbling people had thrown their backing behind the charity.
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"It was a fantastic piece of news when we found out that we were going to receive the money from Lloyds," she said.
"Just to be nominated for the funding was very humbling but then to come out on top of a public vote was brilliant, and we are very grateful for everything."
The Children's University aims to boost social mobility by offering high-quality education to young people aged between five and 14 outside of normal school hours. It needs £120,000 of funding each year to keep running.
Ms Clark said: "The money will go towards our core funding to keep the charity running, but we are also looking to expand and grow.
"We currently get to about 25 schools around Hull and help about 2,000 children per school term but we would love to increase that number.
"There are only four of us who work in the office, too, so we rely on help from volunteers and mentors and we currently have about 250 mentors so the funding will help there, too."
More than 200,000 people took part in a UK-wide public vote between May and September at Olympic Torch Relay celebration events and online.
Mike Smith, the Lloyds Banking Group community ambassador for Hull, said he was thrilled the Children's University had been chosen for an award.
He said: "I know the money will be very helpful to them.
"The Community Fund Project is very important to us at Lloyds and we are delighted to be able to help.”
• Lloyds Banking Group, the largest financial services investor in UK communities, has provided funding to 132 organisations around the UK through its Community Fund in 2012. To find out more about the Group’s community investment, visit the Lloyds Banking Group website.