Kids Family Centre celebrates 25th birthday

BIRTHDAY FUN Staff, family and children enjoyed the birthday celebrations and cake, inset

BIRTHDAY FUN Staff, family and children enjoyed the birthday celebrations and cake, inset

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Past and present beneficiaries celebrated the 25th anniversary of a Fareham-based charity at a big birthday party in Gosport.

Well over 100 people attended the landmark occasion of The Kids Family Centre, which shows just how important the service is to people who use it.

The centre in Saltern Lane supports around a thousand disabled children and young carers in Hampshire.

The charity caters for all disabilities, offering after-school clubs, short breaks, overnight respite care and day trips.

This allows them to take time out for themselves, socialise and cope with the demands placed on them as carers.

The party took place at Gosport Leisure Centre earlier this month, when past and present staff members joined in the celebrations.

There was also plenty of fun activities for the children, including a bouncy castle, facepainting, soft play equipment, and an entertainer doing juggling, tight-rope walking and riding a unicycle.

There was even the chance for youngsters to design their own spacehopper.

Photos and memories from families and staff were shared to go on a big board, which will be displayed in reception.

Aisia Howard, Making It Personal 3 Senior Co-ordinator at Kids, said: ‘The highlight had to have been seeing so many children and young people having such a great time together.

‘It was a great opportunity to bring families and carers together to share their experiences.

‘Thank you to everyone who came and supported us and we look forward to the next 25 years.’

Bex Higginbotham attended when the centre was first opened in 1990 and was there to cut the ribbon this time as well.

There was a special invite to owners of All Seasons Fruiterers in Lee-on-the-Solent, Peter and Debbie Patterson, who have been supporting the charity for 25 years and are hoping to raise £25,000 for them by the end of the year.

To find out more and to support the centre email Kitty McMonagle at eventssouth@kids.org.uk.

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