Charity celebrates a successful 18th year

Paul Bowen-James and Tracey Hammond
Paul Bowen-James and Tracey Hammond

A children’s charity has big plans for 2015, following a year of success.

Kids In Action, based in Dunstable, was set up by Paul Bowen-James, in 1996.

The charity supports children, adults and families living with special needs and disabilities.

This year it moved to a new base at the Apex Business centre and was awarded Community Business of the Year at the Dunstable and Houghton Regis Business and Community awards.

Next year, the founder hopes to create a multimedia room, with TVs and Ipads and a music room where members can make their own music and be creative.

Mr Bowen-James said: “It was a real honour to win the award, we really weren’t expecting it, it is great that Andrew Selous recognises what we do here.

“I set up Kids In Action because I wanted children with special needs and disabilities to have somewhere to go to have fun. They have a games room, a function hall, a sensory room and a soft play room.”

The charity recently raised £1700 at a bowling event, they hired 11 lanes from Go Bowling and businesses rented them out for the night.

Last week they organised a Christmas Fayre and a Cabaret night, with all money raised going to the charity.

He added: “We rely on fundraising, donations and membership costs, to keep the facilities running for everyone.

“We are always trying to do more for the children that use the facilities, we are currently in stage one which is the soft play room, hall and games room, phase two is upstairs, we are hoping to turn that into a multimedia room with TVs and Ipads and a music room where the members can make music.

“It is not just children we support, quite a few people have been with me here since we started and are now over 18, so we hold an over 18’s night on a Monday and we have drop in sessions for adults on a Wednesday.”

For more information about the charity, visit: www.kidsinaction.org