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KIND founder up for freedom of city

And the shop is back on Bold Street

Written by . Published on January 12th 2012.

KIND founder up for freedom of city

STEPHEN Yip, founder of the children’s charity KIND, has been recommended for the Freedom of the City by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor. 

Dscf0402Banksy calendarHe is also back on Bold Street from this Saturday, at number 81, selling some of our favourite designer kitchenware bargains, and other bric-a-brac, to raise money for the cause. 

KIND was founded by Yip in 1975 and has worked with thousands of young people and families. It believes every child, regardless of their background, has something important to offer and believes in the importance of investing in their future. 

Councillor Frank Prendergast, said: “I am delighted to be recommending Stephen’s name to be added to the Freedom Roll of Association and Institutions of the City of Liverpool.

Dscf0394Cheap as chips “Stephen’s charity, KIND has spent over 35 years helping and supporting disadvantaged children and families in and around the North West; he is an inspiration to others and a great ambassador for the city.” 

In December last year, Mr Yip, an MBE, was appointed as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside. KIND received the LJMU Corporate Fellowship award in 2000.  

But never mind all that: Liverpool Confidential would also like to honour him for selling excellent Typhoon culinary utensils at ridiculously low prices as well as these posh Pantone coffee cups and storage jars which, Mr Yip would like us to tell you, are four for a fiver and three for a tenner respectively. 

While we are on it, customers can also bag a Banksy calendar (£1) or T-shirt (£6).

The fundraising caper has already raised a few eyebrows down at the anonymous street artist’s Bristol HQ.

"Somebody tipped them off and we got a call from a lady who works for Banksy. We explained that we had only used images that were already on public buildings, told them about the work of the charity. 
We sent them a calendar in November and have heard nothing back," he said.

Banksy famously did say that copyright was for losers.

If agreed by the full council next Wednesday, a special ceremony will be held, at a date to be agreed, at which Mr Yip will receive the Freedom award.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Patricia O'neillJanuary 13th 2012.

And so he should. So many families on Merseysdie have benefitted from all that Stephen has done over the years. Fingers crossed..

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2012.

Good for you Stephen. well done!! I worked with your mum for many happy years in Liverpool. x

DigJanuary 14th 2012.

He's a cracking guy is Stephen. He bought a couple of cars from me when I was at Honda and I worked with KIND when we had the Honda Hybrid show at Liverpool One. The KIND Centre just off Hope Street is a lovely little place. Like an oasis of peace in the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

AnonymousJanuary 17th 2012.

I think he is great. I went on holiday to Scotland
In the 80's. The 1st I had ever been on!
He deserves all his plaudits!!
I would love to help in future- how do I
Go about it!??

DigJanuary 20th 2012.

Check the KIND website. Shows you how to donate & volunteer amongst everything else to do with the charity.

P.MccJanuary 29th 2012.

Congratulations Stephen. The way you raise children's aspirations through developing relationships with them and providing life changing opportunities as well as the eco Seed Centre are an inspiration to us all.

Penny McCulloch

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