Hull City Council Leader Mike Ross has joined forces with a local charity to set up a new fund that will help families with children attending primary schools in the city who are in need this winter.
This fund will help families with some of the challenges they will face during this period by sponsoring Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University to create this fund.
The councillor kicked off the fund by allocating £10,000 to the new Children’s University’s Hardship Fund.
A philanthropic donation was made by the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, along with donations from Hull businesses and Sewell Construction. To increase the fund’s impact, Councillor Mike Ross is calling on other businesses to contribute to it.
Leader of Hull City Council, Mike Ross said:
“We know this winter is going to be particularly hard for a lot of families. The work of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University is so important in supporting those most in need. We also know that schools are often best placed to identify the families who most need support, so we will be working with the Children’s University as part of our approach to alleviating the impact of the Cost of Living crisis. The fund will complement other activities within our approach to support people in need in the city.”
Businesses and philanthropic organisations are encouraged to make donations during November to reach the initial target of £100,000.
During December, schools will refer families most in need of assistance with accessing household devices (such as energy-efficient light bulbs, electric blankets, hot water bottles, and winter clothing) as well as providing vouchers for supermarkets and warm clothing. Depending on the needs of each family, support will be provided. To facilitate the application of the Hardship Fund to those most in need, the Thrive Co-operative Learning Trust has agreed to provide administrative support.
Natasha Barley Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University said:
“Many families were struggling to make ends meet before the cost of living crisis started. So we knew that it was imperative that we did something to support families this winter.”
Jonathon Roe, CEO of Thrive Co-operative Learning Trust said:
“Schools know their families well and are keen to support those most in need through this difficult winter when the cost of living is having such an impact. The support that will be given will help children with basic needs – food and warmth – and this will also impact positively on their education.”
Interested businesses can reach Hull City Council at 01482 615071 to find out how they can donate.
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