Hull University 2006

24 Aug 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh



For several years I was a member of the Hull University’s Business Club which met at the Uni 3 times per annum. Hull Uni sponsored Hull City foot ball Club in those days, and I personally thought it was a worthy idea, telling the public that the Uni was not just a place for posh or brainy people but for the community. Uni sponsorship was in difficulties, most Dons wanted to carry on; but the principal was sceptical and his decision was that the £40,000 support should be £4000 from business, and £36,000 from Uni . We were pleased to help and donated the £4000. It kept the Uni with their emblem on the shirts of City players in the public eye, and reminded the young people of Hull that we, the community were all in it together.

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Hessle Road Pram Race and Carnival 2009 to 2011

23 Aug 2018 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh
Hessle Road Pram Race

The Hessle Road Pram Race and Carnival 2009 to 2011












Following the success of the Grass Roots football I accepted an invite from Kim Hepple to tour her patch as community participation officer, Kim Hepple is a very special person who introduced me to the real Hessle Road and the characters who live there. At 7 stone wet through she could  still handle any of the bruisers and yobboes who tried it on. We met first with Geoff Ogden and Frank McKenna to watch the Grassroots Boys play football. The Newington Ward is were I grew up. It was never prosperous but with the loss of the cod war has suffered from high unemployment, drug abuse and school delinquency making it one of the most deprived areas in Hull, and in fact in the UK

Kim inspired me with a wish to make a difference. We decided on a modern version of the The Hessle Road Pram Race. It wasn’t a new idea, my friend Peter Nicholson a Hessle Road shopkeeper had organised something similar in the eighties to stimulate trade.The original so called pram race, was when the wives of trawler men collected their children from school and rushed down to the Dock Offices to draw their men’s wages, who were at sea, before they closed  for the day.

The aim of the project was to raise funds to develop and sustain long term existing, and new schemes in the Hessle Road area. We added more to the day by arranging a Carnival to follow the Race.

Monies raised in 2009 enabled us to help 22 charities, these were vetted and approved by Kim. All applicants attended a relaxed interview. It was a great pleasure to help and meet so many people who give so much and have so little.

So the focus was the pram race, but the Carnival we added, was the feature which ensured interaction and enjoyment for the residents.

Two examples stand out. JJ was a lovely man who taught his young people age group 4 to 18 how to play darts on Saturday mornings, everything he did was on a shoe string. The kids paid a modest subscription which JJ used to buy potatoes and feed the boys chips at the end of a session at Edinborough St Community Centre. Complaints about smell resulted in JJ being banned doing his cookhouse treat and the books wouldn’t balance having to send out to the local chippy. However despite set backs It just shows how even a sport like darts has  positive effects, not only in building companionship and pride but the spin off in the boys becoming competent at maths to the amazement of the teachers.

Hull Youth for Christ is another example of goodness in action, with faith being the motivator by the volunteers, but not with evangelistic intent, only driven with the desire to help a poor community. On this occasion we helped with some funding for  the breakfast club, Mums brought children for breakfast before school, and it also became obvious that some Mums needed breakfast too.  Their Mission  promotes such good work in the community, and includes the breakfast club, Parent and toddler group, after-school clubs, youth groups , a community meal, and a parents group. They were also proud to tell us that they worked closely with the local schools, providing extra support in classrooms, assemblies, and being on the governing body. They also arrange an annual beach trip, days-out to local attractions and a week long residential camp, led by volunteers who all live in the Newington area.

Although I have mentioned only two, the whole 22 were all deserving cases and it was very rewarding to help. In 2010 and 2011 we still managed to help a further 30 small organisations with donations.

We ran it for three years. Success could be gauged by the letters of approval we received, however the overall cost of staging the event despite support in funds, and volunteer help particularly, Irene Todd from Local Company ARCO was difficult to justify.  In the last year our escalating costs were due mainly to Health and Safety issues in running the pram race for just two hours. In the circumstancies we had little alternative but to conclude the event in 2011.




Tony H


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Hull Boys Club 1998 to 2009

05 Jun 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

Hull Boys Club was founded in 1902 by Joint Founders, JG Halkett (Stipendiary Magistrate) and Dr T C Jackson (Solicitor).

It serves the community and sustains a wonderful reputation for providing excellent range of sporting activities for the youth of Hull.

We first supported the Club in 1998 to replace and fund new toilet and Shower facilities. At that time the club was appealing to former members for help in repairing the building, which was in a critical state. We are delighted to have been able to help them on many occasions. They in turn have supported the Carnival bringing a full ring and giving boxing exhibitions and demonstrations.

For a short period after the War, I had been a member and had spent a few rounds in the ring getting battered, until night school, girls, and Judo at the YPI, became an alternative.

Hull Boys Club’s influence based, as it is in one of the most deprived areas of the city is exceptional, and has provided young people with inspiration and the desire, to achieve and succeed. All of us benefit to give young people a chance.

For proof, just watch the participants when they receive  their certificate or a  trophy. In 1998 Hull boys had 378 active members. The club survives on a small subscription from members and charitable gifts.

Because it is a single gender club it does not receive any funds from the usual charities such as the Lottery, Children in need, Sport England etc etc.


In this year of 2016 it has been decided that for various reasons Hull Boys Club will close. Naturally we are very disappointed, but given the reasons, we accept the situation.

We are however pleased to accept a share of the proceeds of sale, and as custodians will use the funds to help the deprived young people particularly of the Newington Ward of Hull.

We have decided to join the support group helping St Paul’s Boxing Academy achieve a major refurbishment of their premises. Some of the money received from the Hull Boys Club will be dedicated to this project.

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St Paul’s Boxing Academy 2017-

02 Jun 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

With the demise and closure of Hull Boy’s Club, the trust thought it fitting  to support St Paul’s  take on the role of the principal boxing club in central Hull.

In December 2016 we were asked to support St Paul’s Academy ambitious action plan to refurbish and modernise  the building,  making it more user friendly for all concerned.

We feel privileged to be asked. We wish to play a part in the work of the fundraising committee to raise £200,000 in total.

At the inaugural meeting of the committee I gave a challenge to raise the first £100,000. It is a challenge that has worked successfully on several occasions in the past.

A gift of £5000 without strings plus  promise of a further £20,000 if the committee raise £3 for every £1 we give, equals, a total of £100,000, being half way to our target.


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Zane (A National Emergency) 2004 to 2016

04 Apr 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh

Zane is a charity we have been supporting since it was formed by Tim Benyon MP in 2004. Its mission is to relieve suffering in Zimbabwe held under the corrupt  control of Mugabe.

The easiest way to describe why we support Zane. Zimbabwe a National Emergency, is because these mainly British people did their bit in the Second World War.

The following story is one of many, suffering through no fault of their own. This story is reported by Zane Volunteers in 2008..

Barbara Humphreys (87) showed clear signs of malnourishment when we visited her in Harare. there was no food in the house and she had no money to buy any. She wept with gratitude when we prepared a meal for her, she is now on our regular food parcel and visiting list. she told her story to our workers.

64 years ago Ralph Humphreys left his wife after one idylic week of honeymoon to fight in Hitlers war. Then on Saturday 12th of February 1944, Ralph was drowned on the troopship “Khedive Ismail” en route to Cyprus. He was 25 years old.

Barbra never remarried. Although she had come close one or two times, she says. It never felt right as it did with Ralph. Barbara has 4 black and white photographs of her Ralph; 3 in army uniform; the last is of her beloved Ralph in shorts and casual shirt smiling shyly in the African Bush. Barbara now 87, says that every morning  she looks at the photograph of Ralph, and says “hello” to her sweetheart.

These pictures and her memories are more or less all Barbara has in the world. After a lifetime of  hard work and prudence, the raging level of 10,000% plus inflation has driven her into absolute penury. She was to proud to turn to “charity” and it took a lot of persuasion to convince her that it was a privilege to help her. Now, she accepts it, albeit reluctantly.

There are 8000 mainly British born old age pensioners who are trapped in Zimbabwe. They have nowhere to to go, their predicament worsens daily. Medicines are hard to get and so is food, because of an acute lack of foreign currency. As they watch the country they love descend into chaos, the mental state of many is desperate. Zane has discovered that many like Barbara, have no living relatives.

many of these people selflessly came to the aid of the free world in 1939/45 and are today in extreme old age. They are unable to cope with the economic maelstrom that surrounds  them. Like Barbara they are turning to Zane to help. Zane is proud to give it. but the numbers seeking help is outstripping the resources. Last year Zane gave aid to 6000 people. Zane see the position continuing to worsen as the majority of Zimbabwe citizens become more impoverished.

We support Zane in giving help to all Zimbabwean families including the black former farm workers thrown off the farms into unemployment and desperate circumstances.

We will continue to help.


Tony H


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Nepal 2011

Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

I first met Janice Reid when we attended the first meeting of Rotarians on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2011, as is usual when Rotarians get together we each in turn give a resume on what we are doing. Janice intrigued  me when she mentioned Micro Finance. I had heard of work being done with great success in India using Micro loans to empower women.  Janice and I met again to talk further. Janice had been to Nepal and was concerned about the poverty.It is one of the poorest countries on the Planet. We decided to help. My charity and my Rotary Club have been involved ever since.The usual way it works is to describe it as a circle of women who in the first place draw lots as to who will be first to receive a loan. As each repays the loan others join the circle. The scheme works with very few defaults.

In our case we thought that it would better to fill bellies first. We believed that if we could provide each lady with a goat it would enable milk for the family and a little over to sell. We still had the circle of women and the system worked. Each lady who got the first goats gave its first born to the next in line. Janice and I raised enough money ourselves plus my Rotary Club, and not forgetting my pals Pag and Jill, and a Rotary grant to provide 350 goats; and by our calculations the goats will have done the rest themselves in the last 7 years. So each of the 3000 ladies should have a goat. We then assisted with a women’s eye camp, and a women’s medical camp who travelled from Australia led by Janice. They expected about 80 and 400 turned up.

We were then fortunate to work with another a local Rotary Club in Hetauda, here we provided the funds, and help was given in micro loans to the various start up businesses. these ranged from a variety of small shops to dressmakers, and the building of several carts for road side sales. We also supported raising buffalo, goats of course, and pigs. Unfortunately there is still a caste system in Nepal and the Dallits (untouchables )are at the bottom of the heap. They are also the only ones to eat pig so we were able to help.We also helped with the growing of  vegetables. You would assume that Nepal has enough problems but two major earthquakes has added to their plight. we have sent money for blankets, mosquito nets, children’s clothes, and shelter to ease their pain. If all that wasn’t enough India closed its border and many Nepalese faced hunger.

The earthquakes caused 9000 deaths, injured 17000, destroyed 500,000 homes and also destroyed 5000 schools. They are a stoic wonderful people and deserve better. We are still involved.



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Farm- Africa 2005 to 2010

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In 2003 my church was raising funds for Christian Aid  to purchase goats for Africa.  I contributed sufficient money to purchase 25 goats. For some unexplained reason they stopped the venture in 2004 and I was frustrated in my desire to progress the scheme. My letters to Christian Aid were ignored. I then approached Farm-Africa, whose Patron is Michael Palin. This is his story.

“I am writing to ask to do something rather peculiar – buy a goat

I know this sounds like a strange request, but your goat could transform the life of a poor family in Ethiopia, as I discovered for myself when I was filming Pole to Pole there. That was when I met Farm-Africa for the first time, I was so Impressed  by the work they did- particularly the Idea of using a goat to help a poor family- That I have been supporting the charity ever since.

This scheme works in a wonderfully simple way- and is incredibly effective . A family  with no livestock and  little land is loaned a goat. Before long,  the goat is providing nutritious milk for the children and what milk they don’t drink is sold immediately boosting the family’s income, and when the goat has her kids one is repaid to Farm-Africa. while the others are used to buy things the the family needs such as seeds to grow vegetables. Alternatively they can buy books and pens so that children can go to school and also obtain vital medicine  and healthcare if they get sick.

For families like ten- year old Destra’s, the loan of a goat has quite literally been the start of a new life . Her story which I will share with you in a moment, is inspirational and shows the enormous  difference a single goat can make. But sadly we can’t always afford the goats we need to help families like Destra’s -and that’s why we need your support today.

Will you give £27 – and buy a goat that could transform the life of a poor family?

£27 isn’t a huge amount of money. Here it might buy a meal for two. But in one of the world’s poorest countries, it could do so much more – help a poor family build a future that’s free of poverty. And if you need any more convincing, read on and discover how its changed the life of little Destra’s and her family.

Destra lives with her younger brothers in a tiny Village called Funko, south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Her family has a small patch of land behind their house, but without an ox to plough the earth or any money to buy seeds the dry hard earth was unusable.

Destra’s father used to work on another farmers land, but he barely earned enough to feed the family. Destra and her brothers were often weak from malnutrition. Her parents were terrified that the children would get ill. They knew that, with no money to buy medicine, the children might not survive. The future looked very bleak. And that’s when Farm- Africa loaned them a goat. The animal changed their lives. Its a cross-bred goat that yields up to 12 times more milk than a local animal. So in the short term, the milk  gave Destra and her brothers the vital nutrition and strength while the surplus was sold to boost the family’s income. And over time, the animal has regularly given birth, allowing Destra’s parents to repay their original loan and use the other animals to buy things they all dreamt of. They’ve bought an ox and seeds and begun cultivating their small patch of land.  All the children pitch in with the planting and harvesting of crops, which include maize,wheat,cabbage,onions and avacdo. There’s more than enough for them, so like the milk, they sell what they don’t need.

But best of all, this new income means that Destra and her brothers go to school-with the exercise books and pens they need to make the most of their education. They love it and, thanks to the original goat, they can look forward to a future where poverty is not inevitable.

As you can see a single goat can change a whole family’s life life. But there are still so many families we cannot reach, simply because we haven’t the funds we need. I have seen the effects of poverty in Ethiopia and it is heartbreaking. without your support, many families will struggle to feed and educate their children, or watch, helpless as they suffer needlessly from illness and disease.

We need your help to ensure children like Destra  can eat today- and look forward to tomorrow where poverty, hunger and disease are not part of their lives. So please fill in a donation form and buy a goat today. Your gift means a world to a child like Destra.

Yours sincerely

Michael Palin



Of course I questioned the £27 cost but decided to support the scheme and our charity donated £1200 per annum for 5 years to help Tanzanian and Kenyan families enjoy a better life. Farm-Africa completed that particular goat scheme. We have since continued to help them by providing funds to buy and plant 20,000 protective trees, as part of the Kenyan Dry Land Farming Project.


Tony H

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The Daisy Appeal 2002 to 2017

22 Mar 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh

March 2015 Hull Daily Mail

The Daisy Appeal has  given me a future. It has told me that everything will be ok.

Standing in the school play ground Andrew Bourne faced the terror of thinking he would not survive to see his children grow up. He had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after finding a lump on his neck the day after his 42nd Birthday. Mr Bourne who has a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter was diagnosed with the condition after undergoing a Pet-Ct scan at the Jack Brignall Centre in Cottingham. Now a second scan only 3 months later has shown all the cancerous hot spots have disappeared, making Mr Bourne the latest patient to benefit from the work of the Daisy Appeal. “To have this facility right here at Castle Hill in this beautiful new building, with its fantastic staff is just incredible” Mr Bourne said.

Janet and I were invited to the launch of the appeal in 2002 by Clive Aber and Peter Lee founding trustees, and friends of ours. Today in 2018 we are still involved  and supporting it in its final stages of development. Clive Aber, Peter Lee and of course Nick Stafford had the vision to start what seemed an impossible journey requiring at least 16 million Pounds  to complete the programme. But Clive told the story of how when he was doing his round of the ward, said to a patient how much easier things would be if he had a particular piece of equipment, by the time he got to the end of his ward visit, a gentleman said “I will give you the funds for that”. Clive said the generosity of Hull people ensured that impossible targets can be reached. I knew the man he was talking about, A Naval veteran and war hero of the Second World War. Clive pressed me to join the board of trustees but I believed that Andrew my son would do a much better job.I have been proved right. Andrew joined the board and I am immensely proud of him, and the board of trustees for the work it has done to help raise the funds and organise the business plan to achieve such wonderful outcomes.

Of course we as a family and through our charitable trust have been able to play our part. Andrew has cycled from Lands End to John O Groats. He has also cycled  across Europe travelling through the Pyrenees. We also collectively gave a smart car for a raffle, this was an attempt to broaden awareness and include North Lincolnshire who use Castle Hills facilities, but are not aware of the Daisy appeal, or what goes on at this side of the Humber.  My Rotary Club have also done their bit with Golf days etc, all adding to the cause.


Tony H



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Avenue Bicycle Project 2012 to 2017

21 Mar 2017 | Categories: Uncategorized | Posted by: tonyh

The charity was approached in 2012 for support to pay the rental of £300 for the storage of Bicycles. The stored bikes 360-400 where intended for Ghana after having been renovated at Humber prison in the bike workshops. This means that everyone wins, the prisoners get to learn a trade and Adults and children living, studying, and working in Ghana and Sierra Leone get the use of a bike, which is life changing.

Since then we have continued our support, Chris Jarrell  has also spoken to the Howden Rotary Club who have also helped as sponsors.

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Hessle Road Young Peoples Network Centre

21 Mar 2017 | Categories: Some example of our support in recent years | Posted by: tonyh

Julie Robinson Chief Officer of the Centre requested assistance for continuing the moving forward project after 2012.

The St Andrews area of Hull ranks in the top 1% of areas of deprivation in the UK. In order to make a positive impact on the lives of young people, the moving forward project was initiated to encompass a range of activities to help young people help themselves.

The scheme is intended to enable young people to :-

Gain transferable Skills

Improve self-awareness

Improve communication skills

Gain recognised national qualifications

Increase levels of confidence and self esteem

Learn the benefits of working in a team and the value of good research

Improve written work and English skills, this will prove beneficial when later applying for jobs/compiling CV’s and attending interviews

We agreed to fund half the cost of the project

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