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Charity event sets a blueprint for business community to help transform young lives

Business leaders across Stoke-on-Trent who want to help transform young people’s lives in the city are invited to an event, which sets out a blueprint for action.

The Hubb’s flagship project, ‘Ay Up Duck,’ makes school children’s holidays happier, with free activities, free spaces and free food, in a fun and safe environment.

Now, The Hubb is welcoming businesses to Port Vale FC on January 30, where it will outline ways they can help the charity extend its work across the city.

In the last 12 months, The Hubb has delivered 17,000 meals at 371 sessions for schoolchildren across Stoke-on-Trent.

It now plans to increase activities for children by 12 per cent in 2020, and deliver 3,500 extra meals, including those in areas of deprivation in the city.

Carol Shanahan, Founder of The Hubb, said: “We’ve set an ambitious target and we really need to have the support of the local business community to make this happen.

“We hope to see a good turnout at the event, so we can all work together for this great cause.”

Earlier this year, The Hubb produced a plan of ‘ten asks,’ setting out some areas where companies can make a real difference to young people’s lives.

The ideas include spreading the word with support for The Hubb’s social media channels, putting forward company teams and individuals for volunteering activities and choosing it as a charity of the year.

Giving donations, appointing a champion who could work with the charity, building links with schools in The Hubb area and funding a day of food and activities in the summer holidays are also included – along with plans to upskill parents across the city, donating specialist business services and backing the 2020 Christmas campaign.

Gareth Higgins MBE, a Trustee of The Hubb, added: “Our ten asks have been developed to give businesses of all sizes an opportunity to play their part in the city’s future.

“We hope companies will consider supporting the campaign and making a contribution which will help make a real difference in the city.”