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Partnership Manager Rose James from Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University with the charity’s mascot, and Simon Bird, Director at ABP Humber

Associated British Ports (ABP) continues as a Platinum Partner of Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University. ABP is supporting the charity as it works to ensure children attending school in some of the UK’s most deprived areas, have access to amazing opportunities to help them discover new interests and talents, whilst building self-esteem and confidence.

Across the pandemic the charity had to pause its usual programme of engaging activities and events, to ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds had support in other ways. During 2020 and 2021 the charity delivered 8,759 wellbeing packs and education packs, along with 817 laptops and tablets to local families, ensuring children could access their school’s remote learning programme during periods of lockdown.

Simon Bird, Director at ABP Humber, said:

ABP and HEY Children’s University have been partners for many years. I really commend the team and their volunteers for the incredible support they gave to families across the pandemic. There is no doubt that the Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University team have made a huge impact on the lives of many disadvantaged children. ABP is delighted that we are able to continue to support the charity with their vital work, both in Hull and the East Riding.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University Partnership Manager, Rose James said:

“ABP has been one of HEY Children’s University’s Platinum Partners for several years. The past couple years have been tough and thanks to partners like ABP, we are still able to work with the same number of children that we were working with prior to the pandemic, totalling nearly 8,000. Without their continued support, working with that many children would have been out of our reach.

As part of their sponsorship, ABP will be sending 30 children on an experience of a lifetime to Edinburgh, where they will stay the night. They will also be welcoming the children back to the Port of Hull, where they will learn all about ABP’s Humber Ports, and how important the Humber Estuary is. We also hope to start up our annual Humber Cruises again next year.”