The important work of charity organisations in Hull and East Yorkshire is to be showcased at an open information event later this month – highlighting the important contribution they are making to improving local community life.
‘At the heart of our community’ will focus on the organisations working to resolve major issues in villages and communities across the region, from getting young people off the streets and active to tackling homelessness and helping people rebuild their lives after serious injury.
The event, which will be held at the Kardomah94 restaurant in Alfred Gelder Street on Tuesday, January 23, will showcase the work of The Hull Homeless Community Project, Paul 4 Brain Recovery, The Electric Eels Powerchair Football Club and The Spotlight Scholarship programme at Archbishop Sentamu School.
The wide-reaching impact of the long-running Humber Bridge Half Marathon, which will be held for the 19th year this June, and the success of the Tommy Coyle Boxing Academy gyms, which are based in east and west Hull and are free to under-17s, will also be featured.
The event is being hosted by Hudgell Solicitors, which itself is celebrating 20 years in the city and has supported each of the projects through its community-based Neil Hudgell Trust over the past few years.
Also featured will be the firm’s own ‘Elephant in the Room’ project, launched last year to tackle homelessness.
That saw the legal firm link up with charities in Hull, Leeds and London – cities where it has offices – to work with them to support homeless and marginalised people through providing practical and emotional help, as well as seeking to educate the public concerning the problems of social isolation and homelessness.
Jo Hudgell, chair of the Neil Hudgell Trust, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about the fantastic work being done in communities across Hull and the surrounding areas by these charity organisations.
“Importantly, it will be a chance to meet the inspirational people behind them who have committed so much time and effort to giving something back and making a real difference to the lives of so many.
“Having stepped up our own community work in 2017, we thought it was important to recognise that, despite the hugely positive impact of our year as the City of Culture in Hull, many issues that the city faced prior to 2017 will remain well into the future, and it is the people of the city who can make a difference.
“Often there are gaps in services and funding which only charity support can fill, and our message is that these groups are doing fantastic things for our city and its people, and we want to spread that message at this event.
“We are really proud to be associated with each of the charities we support and even more so of the positive impact they are making.
“This event will give a real insight into the work being done which often goes unrecognised, so if anybody is wanting to give something back in 2018, this is the place to start by talking to those doing so much good in our community and asking how you can help.”
‘At the heart of our community’ will be open to the public from 11am-6pm on Tuesday, January 23.
There will be a presentation from Jo Hudgell, chair of the Neil Hudgell Trust, at 5pm. Kardomah94 is offering a 20% discount on food for all people attending the event throughout the day.
The charities in focus
Paul 4 Brain Recovery
Established by brain injury victim Paul Spence as a non-clinical support and guidance service for people who suffer serious brain injuries, helping them to reintegrate back into community. Now running a drop-in centre in Hull which has around 100 visits a month, it is supported by the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group.
The East Riding Electric Eels
Established as the region’s first Powerchair Football Team in January 2013. The project aims to get more disabled people involved in sports activity by providing an opportunity to play Powerchair football. It competes in the Wheelchair Football Association National League.
The Tommy Coyle Boxing Academies
Launched in West Hull in 2014 and East Hull in 2015, memberships were offered free to under-17s in a bid to encourage young people off the streets and into physical activity. Supported by a number of local businesses and the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, they have proved a huge success, with local boxer Tommy Coyle at the helm.
The Spotlight Scholarship programme and ‘Ocho’ project at Archbishop Sentamu School
A project in 2017 aimed at encouraging gifted and talented pupils in the performing Arts through the production of Ocho, the story of eight men from Hull who went to fight in the Spanish Civil War. The project saw BAFTA-winning playwright Jane Thornton gave her time freely to write and direct, working with local historians and relatives of the eight men to weave together the story.
The Humber Bridge Half Marathon
Organised and run by the Rotary Clubs of Hull and Barton, the event raises thousands of pounds for charities and good causes across the region and sees more than 2,000 runners take part each June. Every single penny of funds raised via entry fees goes to good causes in Hull, East Yorkshire and further afield. In 2017 this was in excess of £50,000, with more than £500,000 raised over the 18 years it has been staged.
The ‘Elephant in the Room’ Project
Hudgell Solicitors’ own project, launched in October 2017 to assist to The Hull Homeless Community Project, Simon on the Streets in Leeds, and The West London Mission in providing support and sanctuary for those who find themselves homeless and on the streets. Inspired by Hull being the UK City of Culture, globally renowned urban contemporary artist Laurence Vallières was hired to create three stunning life-sized cardboard elephants in Humber Street to launch the project and bring homelessness into the spotlight.