Tanya Pye, a third year BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design student, runs arts and craft sessions encouraging children to explore their creative side.

The charity, Balloons for Children, was formed three years ago to help children with all types of disabilities to express themselves freely in an all-inclusive setting.

One of the most popular teachers, Tanya has helped the children create paper mache hot air balloons for Easter eggs, as well as bows and headbands and through her ‘recycled to reconstruct’ workshop. She has also been teaching the group how to crochet and knit.

Using these, Balloons for Children have been able to set up a role-play cafe, with the items on show for the parents to see.

This knitting group have now taken on an outside commission, continuing to make the Swiss rolls for another charity event ‘The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party’ for Cystic Fibrosis Kids of Portsmouth.

In addition, Tanya has been working hard to create the costumes and props for this event too.

Amongst the children benefitting from Tanya’s creative expertise is a seven year old boy, who suffers from severe ADHD. Thanks to Tanya’s lessons, he is a lot calmer.

As Marianne Fuller, Head of Balloons for Children commented: “After all the hard work Tanya has put into helping our charity, the children she teaches wanted to help her out with her Portsmouth charity work as well.

Marianne continued: “Tanya is a very determined, wonderful young lady who deserves every credit that comes her way. Without her, I don’t believe we could have expanded to several of the areas she teaches, or had the man power to cope with some of the classes. She truly is an ambassador for AUB.”

Rebecca Pride, Course Leader of the Costume course at AUB commented: “Tanya is a remarkable young woman. In addition to her full-time Costume course at AUB, her part-time paid jobs, and her role as a carer at home, she still manages to fit in time to help out with these local charities.

She is a credit to AUB and her family, and is a great representative for young people universally.”