justgiving-logoFun in Action provides a one-on-one befriending service to children from disadvantaged lone parent families in the Brighton and Hove area of East Sussex.

 

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May 12, 2016

Charles Heal ran the Brighton Half Marathon for Fun

A big thank you to Charles Heal who raised a grand total of £529 for Fun in Action. Charles ran the Brighton Half Marathon for us in 1.58 hours and as can be… Read More >>>
Easter Picnic 2016
May 03, 2016

Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2016

Storm Katie did her best to call off our 17th Easter picnic but despite the early morning’s threatening dark clouds and the icy winds, blue skies did appear,… Read More >>>
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Jan 31, 2016

Fun in Action Christmas Party 2015

The party went ahead despite the threat of rain. Luckily it held off and the children were even able to play out for a while to burn off some of the effects of… Read More >>>
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Oct 26, 2015

Leigh's NY Marathon

Caring is a family business, so very many thanks to Leigh who is running the NY marathon for FUN. https://www.justgiving.com/leigh-reynolds-cook-44/ Leigh is… Read More >>>
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Oct 26, 2015

A FUN day of music - Beside the Birdbath 2015!

The Fun-day of music went ahead in Brighton as planned on the 27th June 2015 and raised a grand total of £625 for the charity. A big thank you to all those… Read More >>>
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Aug 21, 2014

Becky & Nicky's crazy swim for Fun!

A big thank you to Management Committee member, Becky Donoher, and her partner Nick for once again swimming the Henley Classic for Fun in Action. On Sunday,… Read More >>>
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Jul 16, 2014

We're going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo

50 befriended children and adult supporters enjoyed a fabulous day out at Drusilla's Zoo Park on 20th July. Everyone enjoyed the day immensely and the Fun in… Read More >>>
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Jun 28, 2014

'First Tuesday' dig deep for Fun

Chief Executive, Anne McLaren and Chair of Trustees, Jon Carr were delighted to attend 'First Tuesdays' fundraising event for Fun in Action at the end of June.… Read More >>>
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Dec 25, 2013

The Fun in Action Christmas Party 2013

This year at Fun in Action we were determined to throw the best Christmas Party ever for our children and families. The work started months in advance finding… Read More >>>
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Nov 01, 2013

Lantern Lights up our Christmas!

A big thank you to the fabulous folks at Lantern Lights for offering cheap tickets to our children and befrienders for their upcoming 'Hansel & Gretel'… Read More >>>
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Oct 24, 2013

Open House on Monday October 28th

You are invited to attend the Fun in Action for Children's Open House Monday October 28th 4:30pm - 8:00pm The White Horse Hotel, Rottingdean We are a local… Read More >>>
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Oct 13, 2013

Hugo's 5K Colour Run

A big thank you to Hugo for raising £100 for Fun in Action in Brighton's very first '5K Colour Run.' He joined thousands running from the Marina to Brighton… Read More >>>
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Sep 29, 2013

Lord Glasman in conversation at the Labour Fringe

"Not to have a contemptuous attitude to the lived experience of people but to work within them to craft a common story of what went wrong and how things can be… Read More >>>
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Sep 20, 2013

Fun shortlisted for Argus Award

Fun has made the shortlist for the Argus 'Charity of the Year Award 2013'! TV newsreader, Nick Owen, will be presenting the awards at the Theatre Royal on… Read More >>>
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Sep 13, 2013

A sizzling end to the summer!

Over 100 guests attended our traditional summer barbecue in Preston Park on 1st September. As ever, Ralph and Josh did an amazing job keeping all the children,… Read More >>>
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Sep 04, 2013

Cinnamon’s ‘friendship for a trillion years!'

We were delighted to work with the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex University on their 'Untold Stories' project involving local charities. A budding… Read More >>>
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Sep 02, 2013

3.6 million children growing up in relative poverty according to National Children’s Bureau

In a damning report, the National Children's Bureau has found that child poverty could now be a bigger problem than during the 1960s, when it carried out its… Read More >>>
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Aug 01, 2013

Fun celebrates diverse background of its befrienders

Fun in Action continues to be a sector leader in terms of the wide range of backgrounds from which our volunteers come. This makes the service we provide even… Read More >>>
Friendship
Jul 30, 2013

A privilege to be on the journey

'A privilege to be on the journey'. July 30th is the UN's International Day of Friendship. It seems a fitting time to reflect on what befriending means to our… Read More >>>
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Jul 29, 2013

It’s better than we ever expected. We have gained a family

'It's better than we ever expected. We have gained a family'. Annual Survey reveals the deep impact of Fun's work Fun in Action's annual 'Monitoring &… Read More >>>
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Jun 16, 2013

Tribute to Mark Johnson

Tribute to Mark Johnson a very special befriender who died on Good Friday, the 29th March 2013 "He would always be the first, to see our good side not our… Read More >>>
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Jun 10, 2013

Becky & Nick's swim for Fun!

Fun in Action management committee member Becky Donoher will be swimming The Henley Classic in aid of Fun in Action later this month. Together with her… Read More >>>
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Feb 25, 2013

US actor, Jamie Foxx, gives mentors a thumbs up!

The star of Django Unchained is a national spokesman for the US mentoring project, 'Big Brothers, Big Sisters.' They share much the same ethos as Fun in… Read More >>>
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Feb 24, 2013

One of our long term befrienders reveals the highs and lows of befriending with Fun in Action

Chloe* was just 5 when I started befriending her. Home is a two up two down semi-detached house on a council estate by Brighton racecourse. I remember her… Read More >>>
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Dec 10, 2012

Animal Magic at Fun's Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party on Sunday December 3rd in Woodingdean went with a bang this year with the help of some special furry friends, including a not so… Read More >>>
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Nov 15, 2012

Charity Chuckle raises money for Fun

Award-winning comic Aisling Bea led the line-up of local comedians raising money for Fun in Action on Tuesday 13th November. Compered by the irrepressible… Read More >>>
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Oct 15, 2012

A big thank you to Peter Andre and BBC Children In Need!

On Thursday the 12th of October children and befrienders from Fun in Action attended a private tea party organised by the singer Peter Andre at his New York… Read More >>>
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Oct 03, 2012

Local Comedians standing up for Fun

We're delighted to say that the Comedy Chuckle is doing another fundraiser for us this year. We filled the place and had a blast at last year's gig so if you… Read More >>>
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Aug 15, 2012

Summer Barbecue attracts friends in high places!

We were delighted to welcome local MP, Caroline Lucas, and the Mayor of Brighton & Hove to our annual barbecue held at Stanmer Park on Sunday 22nd July. Our… Read More >>>
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Jul 21, 2012

Beccy and Nick's Dawn Swim for Fun

Fun in Action Management Committe member, Beccy Donoher and her partner Nick, will be taking part in a 'Dawn Swim' in the River Thames to raise money for Fun… Read More >>>
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Jul 01, 2012

Happy Soggy Easter!

This year the weather was against us for the Fun in Action Easter Picnic. It was cold, rainy, blustery and grey. But did that stop us?? No way! Although many… Read More >>>
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Mar 29, 2012

Twelve Years and Counting - Fun publishes annual statistics

Fun in Action continued to grow in the year up to September 2011 by setting up a further 21 new friendships between adult volunteers and disadvantaged… Read More >>>
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Mar 20, 2012

Could you go the distance for Fun in Action?!

There's still time to enter the Brighton marathon in April and Fun in Action have 2 places that need to be filled! We are looking for 2 runners who will raise… Read More >>>
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Jan 06, 2012

Top drawer charity; top drawer staff and volunteers

This is what Phil has to say, a lone father of two befriended daughters. If Fun in Action sometimes struggles to get the recognition we think we deserve from… Read More >>>
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Jul 10, 2011

Fun's Sizzling Start to the Summer in Stanmer Park

Over 100 guests came to Fun in Action's traditional summer barbecue held at Stanmer Park on Saturday 10th July. Ralph, Rod and Josh did an amazing job keeping… Read More >>>
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May 05, 2011

Walk latest: £3,000 and rising! Can you help us make it to £4,000?

Fun in Action's intrepid army of walkers braved the wind and rain on Sunday June 12th to complete their sponsored walk across the Downs. Pictures of our… Read More >>>
Becky and Nick Swimming Challenge for Fun
May 03, 2011

Becky and Nick's Swimming Challenge for Fun raised over £500

On 10th July Fun Management Committe member, Becky Donoher and her partner Nick, took part in the Henley Swim Challenge to raise money for Fun in Read More >>>
Fun In Action Easter Picnic 2011
Apr 29, 2011

Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2011

What an Easter Picnic it was for 2011. With record temperatures, record attendance and record amounts of food, Fun in Action celebrated Easter with record… Read More >>>
Local Comedians stand up for Fun
Apr 27, 2011

Local Comedians stand up for Fun

Award-winning comic Mark Simmons led the line-up of local comedians raising money for Fun in Action on Read More >>>
Cranleigh School Students Walk for Fun
Mar 20, 2011

Cranleigh School Students Walk for Fun

On Sunday 20th March students at Cranleigh School on the Surrey / Sussex border came together to Read More >>>
Fun commended by Centre for Social Justice
Mar 10, 2011

Fun commended by Centre for Social Justice

Fun in Action was delighted to reach the Long List in the Centre for Social Justice's Charity of the Year Award this Read More >>>
Fun in Action for Children Christmas Party 2010
Dec 12, 2010

Fun in Action for Children Christmas Party 2010

We must be on Santa’s ‘Nice List’ this year because the snow melted just in time for Read More >>>
Fun recognised for mentoring and befriending achievement
Nov 12, 2010

Fun recognised for mentoring and befriending achievement

Fun in Action has been shortlisted for the regional finals of the ‘Mentoring and Befriending Recognition Awards 2010’ the Read More >>>
Dinner to Go Goes to Fun Christmas Party 2010!
Sep 01, 2010

Dinner to Go Goes to Fun Christmas Party 2010!

Ben from Dinner to Go is very generously donating pizza for 120 people at our Christmas Party again this Read More >>>
The Best Ever Barbeque!
Aug 08, 2010

The Best Ever Barbeque!

Beautiful weather and a record breaking turnout of 120 people helped to make this year’s BBQ the best ever in Read More >>>
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Jul 21, 2010

Bellissimo! Brighton Belles raise money for Fun

The magnificient Brighton Belles WI held a traditional fête on Hove lawns this summer and half the proceeds went to Fun In Action word Read More >>>
Rocking the Night Away for Fun
Jun 25, 2010

Rocking the Night Away for Fun

A band night at the Hydrant over the summer, supported by Capital International, raised almost a £1,000 for Fun in Read More >>>
A Special Wedding Day Gift for Fun
Jun 15, 2010

A Special Wedding Day Gift for Fun

A huge thanks to Fun befriender, Vicky Boorman, and her partner Al, who asked their guests to donate to Fun in Action in Read More >>>
Fun Donation is All Locked Up
May 10, 2010

Fun Donation is All Locked Up

Thank you to Haines Locksmiths, Masters Lock and Safe, 1st City Lock and Andrews Locksmiths for raising the magnificent sum of £552 for Read More >>>
Brighton Pre Prep School raise money for FUN
Apr 22, 2010

Brighton Pre Prep School raise money for FUN

We were delighted to hear that Fun in Action has been selected as one of two charities to benefit from fundraising activities at Brighton College Pre Prep… Read More >>>
Fun in Action proves a hit on the High Street
Apr 10, 2010

Fun in Action proves a hit on the High Street

We were delighted to be able to bring Fun's message to Brighton's shoppers on Saturday 10th April in Churchill Square. Office staff, management committee,… Read More >>>
Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2010
Apr 05, 2010

Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2010

We were so lucky to have great sunny weather for our Easter Picnic at Preston Park this year. The sunshine brought everyone out and we Read More >>>
Having Fun is as easy as ABC
Jan 03, 2010

Having Fun is as easy as ABC

Fun in Action was given 50 tickets this year to take the children of the scheme and their families to see the spectacular musical Peter Pan thanks Read More >>>
Fun in Action Christmas Party a HIT
Dec 25, 2009

Fun in Action Christmas Party a HIT

This year the Fun in Action’s Christmas Party took place on Sunday December 6th at the Whitehawk Community Centre where Read More >>>
Fun Celebrates 10 Years in Brighton
Dec 01, 2009

Fun Celebrates 10 Years in Brighton

In September Fun in Action completed 10 years of helping to transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children living in Brighton and Hove who Read More >>>
The Capital keeps on Coming
Oct 01, 2009

The Capital keeps on Coming

Fun in Action was delighted to receive another cheque recently for nearly £1500 from local company, Capital International who Read More >>>
Parents’ Voices provide a testament to Fun’s work
Sep 01, 2009

Parents’ Voices provide a testament to Fun’s work

As part of its evaluation process Fun in Action is always keen to hear how we impact the lives of the children that we Read More >>>
Fun nominated as Waitrose charity of the month
Aug 14, 2009

Fun nominated as Waitrose charity of the month

We are delighted that Fun in Action has been chosen by the Waitrose branch in Hove as one of their three charities of the month for Read More >>>
Fun in Action BBQ 2009 Sizzles
Aug 02, 2009

Fun in Action BBQ 2009 Sizzles

The annual Fun in Action Summer BBQ took place on Sunday August 2 at the beautiful Stanmer Park and Read More >>>
Fun Friendship pays visit to Hove School
May 07, 2009

Fun Friendship pays visit to Hove School

Chris Jeeves and his former befriender, Ralph Crane, gave a talk to students at St.Christopher's School who are raising money for Fun in Action and Read More >>>

 

Our Impact
ebay2A recent survey showed that:

  • 96% of parents of a befriended child noted an increase in their confidence and sense of self worth
  • 89% of parents of a befriended child noted improvements in their child's relationships within the family and peer group
  • 96% of befriended children said they had developed new talents and interests
  • 77% of befriended children said they were doing much better at school


In addition, our befriended children show a noticable improvement in school attendance and in their attitude to their studies.

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