‘Hillzmas’ returns with more festive fun for all

Neville and Christine ‘Sugary’ Staple with Remaz Awad (4) and, front, Maryan Awad (2)


 

Thursday, 18 December 2014 

Coventry 2 Tone legend Neville Staple brought a special touch to this year’s ‘Hillzmas,’ a free fun event for all the community in Hillfields.

The former member of The Specials and patron of Hillz FM radio station dropped by to join local families in Hillfields Village Square for some seasonal cheer. Hot food and drink was provided, with music from St Mary and St Benedict primary school pupils and presenters from Hillz FM radio entertaining the guests. Every child received a gift from Santa and had the chance to ride around the square on specially prepared hand-decorated bikes.

Hillzmas was staged courtesy of funding from Whitefriars Housing and Neighbourhood University, a project run by Coventry Uni that strives to raise the aspirations and skills of those in the city. It was organised by WATCH, (Working Actively To Change Hillfields), the community lead organisation that runs Hillz FM as part of its broader aim to improve the lives of those living in the area. 

Catherine Collis, assistant director at Whitefriars, said: “We were delighted to host this event which helps bring the community together; it also gave local people an opportunity to talk to us about Gateway, Whitefriars’ new centre for Coventry’s homeless people, which opens in Hillfields in April 2015.”

“Christmas can be a difficult time of year for people, with pressures to spend money they often don’t have. Hillzmas is great because it gives local families the chance to have a good time together without breaking the bank.”

Trisha Evans from WATCH, added: “We’ve had a great relationship with Whitefriars and Neighbourhood University over the years, and it’s fantastic that through our partnership, we can bring events such as Hillzmas to the community.”

Trisha Evans from WATCH, added: “We’ve had a great relationship with Whitefriars and Neighbourhood University over the years, and it’s fantastic that through our partnership, we can bring events such as Hillzmas to the community.”

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