Yorkshire Bank Recognises Community Spirit in Hull

Hull Children’s University received a funding boost of £5,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in the local community.

Yorkshire Bank announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds on 26 June 2017 to recognise the charities and not for profit organisations which are going the extra mile.

Fifteen community groups across England were selected to share funding of £80,000 to make a real difference in their local area including Hull Children’s University based in Hull.

Hull Children’s University aims to provide unique educational experiences for children living in areas of deprivation in Hull and the East Riding. The £5,000 award will help give 1,500 children the opportunity to spend a day at a business finding out about the skills needed for a career there.  The visits will take place over a two-year period across 25 schools in Hull and East Riding.

Now in its fifth year, the awards programme aims to recognise charities and not for profit organisations for the invaluable contributions they make to their local communities. Groups were invited to enter the awards programme under one of three categories; projects which help people to have a healthy relationship with money, projects which help people to improve their local environment and projects which help people into employment.

Debbie Crosbie, Group Chief Operating Officer at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Chair of the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said:

“Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards aim to recognise and support the vital contribution that voluntary and charitable projects make to their local communities. This is our opportunity to say thank you to the incredible community groups across England for the inspiring work they undertake.

“All of the successful organisations are extremely deserving winners which have been recognised for their role in their local communities with these awards from Yorkshire Bank.”

Rosanna James, Partnership Manager at Hull’s Children’s University said:

“We were extremely pleased to hear that Yorkshire Bank has chosen to give us this award. This will allow us to expand our project educating children about the workplace, through giving them a real-life experience of it. This service is important for social change, particularly given the high levels of poverty and unemployment in Hull.”

The Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards 2017 winners are:

Help people have a healthy relationship with money category:

  • The 700 Club
  • The Peasholme Centre Ltd.
  • Craven & Harrogate Districts CAB
  • Bradford and Leeds Community Accounting Service
  • Yorkshire Mentoring

Help people into employment category:

  • The Big League Community Interest Company
  • Prisoners Education Trust (PET)
  • HALE
  • Hull Children’s University
  • The Tutor Trust

Help people improve their local environment category:

  • Daisy Chain Project
  • Run on Sun Fun(d)
  • Bancroft TMC
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • Sefton Children’s University Trust

Yorkshire Bank’s sister organisation, Clydesdale Bank, has also announced 15 successful recipients of £80,000 to support local projects in Scotland as part of the Spirit of the Community Awards initiative. This brings the total funds awarded to community projects up and down the country to £160,000.

For further information about the Yorkshire Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Awards, visit www.ybonline.co.uk/foundation


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