Charity That Really Is ‘Doing it for the Kids’

Fundraiser and Events Organiser Claire Hook of charity Kids has spoken about several upcoming events which are raising money for the charity which continues to support children with all sorts of disabilities and their families.

Sat in Heaven Cafe on the corner of Story Street and Albion Street this extremely busy, and thoroughly organised, lady who has two children of her own gives off an image of somebody who is quite relaxed and totally in control of everything life can throw at her.

However, when you speak to her, there is clearly a different outlook running deep inside as her eyes light up talking about her work with the nationwide charity, with a very local flavour, which has been making a difference for over a quarter of a century.

The first event in the diary is taking place at O’Rileys on Beverley Road on Friday 5 February as tribute act Hats Off to Led Zeppelin perform at the Beverley Road venue with all proceeds going to Kids, she says: “It’s £5 for tickets in advance or £10 on the door, but really we could do with people booking tickets as we need to know how many people are going, we have 500 tickets available and we’re hoping it will be a sell-out.”

Tickets for this event are available online at Hull Box Office at the venue, at Disc Discovery on Spring Bank or through Mrs Hook by contacting her on 07821004815.

The next three events in the diary are very different as the charity returns to O’Rileys on 6 May for a David Bowie Tribute with Diamond Dogz and two members of the Spiders From Mars band that supported the rock star who passed away earlier this month.

Claire says: “With two members of the Spiders From Mars we are very hopeful of another sell-out crowd so we would urge people to get tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and really help the charity.”

But the next event is on 9 March at Napoleon’s Casino, again the tickets are £5 which gets you in the casino where you will have live music, a hot buffet and a £5 Roulette Spin.

Then on 22 April the charity are hosting a Charity Spring Ball at the KC Stadium, tickets for this are £40 per person or £380 for a table of ten.

There is a Shark Dive at Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks on 4 June, despite this happening outside the area all the money raised will still be going to Kids in Hull and another event outside the area which will also be benefiting families here is a Sky Dive at Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire, people are invited to take part but must raise at least £300 sponsorship money.

Talking more about what the charity does this extremely engaging lady says: “When we organise an event the tag line is always ‘Doing it for the Kids’ but we’re not to be confused with the Robbie Williams charity of that name, we’re a completely different charity, and we’re not Cash For Kids either.

“We raise money for services that the government don’t provide for children with all types of disabilities from birth to 25-years-old and their families.

“We provide not-commissioned services like Youth Groups for ages eight to 18, Learn to Talk Together Service which helps socialise disabled children and their families, the Befriending Service and Stepping-Stones which trains parents how to cope and understand disabilities and the difficulties that they can face.”

Another service which is clearly massively important is the Inclusion Service, Claire says: “When a disabled child is maybe suspended from school when they shouldn’t have been an independent representative will go to the school and explain more about that child’s disability.

“Hopefully this will help the staff understand more about the issues that child is facing and allow them to return and be included in the school and its activities.”

The charity is a nationwide charity but they have teams in different areas of the country who act on behalf of the charity in their particular area, hence any event arranged by the team in Hull, no matter where in the country it takes place, will benefit children and families in Hull.

Funding for the charity comes from selling tickets for the events they organise, raffles where organisations donate prizes, cash donations at events, collection boxes and sponsorship money and Kids Hull has been named as charity of the year at Sainsbury’s in Bricknell Avenue and Princes Avenue.

You can reserve tickets for the charity Spring Ball by calling 01482467540 or email claire.crosbie@kids.org.uk the event includes Live Music from band Soul Patrol and ‘Smart Magic’ with the popular Russ Appleby, there will also be a live auction and raffle and you will also receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival and a 3-course-meal with a choice of menu.

Having spent half an hour in the company of this thoroughly considerate and all-action lady I cannot help but think that disabled children here, and Hull itself, have a very inspirational driving force to count on, long may that continue.wp-1453209337502.jpeg

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Marc Graham Interview About Middle Child Theatre Panto

Actor Marc Graham has spoken about the Middle Child Theatre Company panto which is a Dave Windass written adaptation of Aladdin and has a special guest appearance by Hull rapper Nineties Boy.

The production, which runs from 21st to 29th December at Fruit, is the fourth time the Hull-based company have teamed up with the prolific writer for their take on the mad-cap world of pantomime and has, once again, seen Middle Child parody a popular Christmas advert, with their version of a girl making friends with Nineties Boy on the moon after seeing him through her telescope. Trailer

Looking relaxed back with the company Marc is best known for working with, after his sojourn to Hull Truck Theatre to appear in the sensational Dancing Through the Shadows, you get a definite sense of contentment as he says: “Middle Child feels like home, it’s what I’m used to, where it started for me and where I get the most enjoyment.”

Laid back on two chairs oozing the professionalism the company is known for and showing the attitude of a major star he then speaks about how the Nineties Boy connection came about: “We do a quiz at Fruit every month and Nineties Boy was on the sort of panel we have for it once so we just asked him to be in it.

He carried on in his relaxed mood: “He’s playing Wishy Washy but it’s an alternative production so it’s a very Nineties Boy Wishy Washy.”

Then we got onto the subject of working with Dave Windass for a fourth year in a row so Ensemble 52 got mentioned as I asked if he could see the two companies working together in future to which the reply had a hint of the unknown: “I don’t know, maybe but I’m not sure what we’d have to offer each other, which is a shame.”

Then he told me about the challenge of doing three different types of shows every day: “It’s really hard work doing three different performances in a day.

He continued: “Christmas is secondary because you have to be really focused on what you’re doing. Panto is really fun, you might spend the rest of the year doing really deep stuff like Mercury Fur, then panto comes along and it’s really good fun but you have to work really hard to get to that, you have to know it better than every other show you do that year.

“We try and make it completely up to date so it’ll be different every time.”

The performances will also include a band on stage which will have a different name every time and Northern Lights Drama Children’s Choir will be involved as well.

Tickets are priced at £8 Adults £6 Concessions/ £10 Adult Shows Tickets and £24 Family Tickets which is for 2 Adults and 2 Children and can be purchased on the Middle Child Website or Hull Box Office Tickets