An emergency appeal to raise £100,000 for national and local charities has been launched, with Wirral set to benefit.

The #CreateArt4Hope appeal is supporting The Hive Wirral Youth Zone, who as part of their work supports young people experiencing mental health issues, and Mind. Every donor will receive a thank-you gift of art from a leading British artists.

Through targeted youth work and an extensive sports, arts and music offer, The Hive, based in Birkenhead, has raised aspirations, improved health and well-being, enhanced prospects and increased the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of local young people.

It currently has over 3000 members and, in normal circumstances, is open every day of the year for all young people between the ages of 8-19 or up to age 25 for those with a disability.

Wirral Globe: White Dove by Emma RogersWhite Dove by Emma Rogers

At the end of March, when Covid-19 restrictions came into place, the Youth Zone closed its doors and began a programme of virtual youth work to reach its members, who had overnight become isolated at home.

This daily schedule delivered by Youth Workers engages young people with a huge range of online activities including tutorials, how-to videos, art classes, cooking lessons and sports challenges.

The team have also been supporting those in need with one-to-one calls home, online mentoring meetings and delivery of food hampers and art supply boxes.

Through this digital youth work the team at The Hive have seen first-hand the marked increase of mental health concerns amongst those they are supporting.

Some of these young people are amongst the most vulnerable in society who face incredible challenges.

Everyone who donates to the appeal no matter how small will receive a curated collection of four A3 size limited edition prints worth hundreds of pounds generously gifted by four award-winning artists’ including international sculptor Emma Rodgers; London based illustrator’ Carne Griffiths; Scottish fine landscape artist, Michael Batey; and contemporary animal painter, Tammy Walters.

To receive the free artwork collection, make a donation by visiting: