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FUN Xmas party - December 2016

Dec 28, 2016
On Saturday 17th December 2016 FUN in Action held their Christmas Party in Brighton at Al Duomo’s Restaurant followed by a performance of The Wizard of Oz at…
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Crown Office Row - Quiz Fundraiser

Dec 28, 2016
It is not so very often that, as a family practitioners, we genuinely feel that we have made a difference to the lives of the children who find themselves…
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A big Thank You to Brighton College!

Oct 23, 2016
We are really grateful to the pupils of Brighton College for their really generous donation of £984. Fun in Action was one of their house charities and they…
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Summer Picnic and Farewell to Ghislaine!

Sep 30, 2016
Sunday 25 September Preston Park The bunting was up, the balloons blown up and the tables laden with food… everything was ready for our extra special summer…
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Charles Heal ran the Brighton Half Marathon for Fun

May 12, 2016
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…
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Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2016

May 03, 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,…
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Fun in Action Christmas Party 2015

Jan 31, 2016
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…
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Leigh's NY Marathon

Oct 26, 2015
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…
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A FUN day of music - Beside the Birdbath 2015!

Oct 26, 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…
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Becky & Nicky's crazy swim for Fun!

Aug 21, 2014
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,…
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We're going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo

Jul 16, 2014
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…
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'First Tuesday' dig deep for Fun

Jun 28, 2014
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.…
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The Fun in Action Christmas Party 2013

Dec 25, 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…
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Lantern Lights up our Christmas!

Nov 01, 2013
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'…
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Open House on Monday October 28th

Oct 24, 2013
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…
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Hugo's 5K Colour Run

Oct 13, 2013
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…
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Lord Glasman in conversation at the Labour Fringe

Sep 29, 2013
"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…
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Fun shortlisted for Argus Award

Sep 20, 2013
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…
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A sizzling end to the summer!

Sep 13, 2013
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,…
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Cinnamon’s ‘friendship for a trillion years!'

Sep 04, 2013
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…
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3.6 million children growing up in relative poverty according to National Children’s Bureau

Sep 02, 2013
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…
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Fun celebrates diverse background of its befrienders

Aug 01, 2013
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…
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A privilege to be on the journey

Jul 30, 2013
'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…
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It’s better than we ever expected. We have gained a family

Jul 29, 2013
'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 &…
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Tribute to Mark Johnson

Jun 16, 2013
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…
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Becky & Nick's swim for Fun!

Jun 10, 2013
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…
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US actor, Jamie Foxx, gives mentors a thumbs up!

Feb 25, 2013
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…
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One of our long term befrienders reveals the highs and lows of befriending with Fun in Action

Feb 24, 2013
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…
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Animal Magic at Fun's Christmas Party

Dec 10, 2012
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…
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Charity Chuckle raises money for Fun

Nov 15, 2012
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…
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A big thank you to Peter Andre and BBC Children In Need!

Oct 15, 2012
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…
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Local Comedians standing up for Fun

Oct 03, 2012
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…
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Summer Barbecue attracts friends in high places!

Aug 15, 2012
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…
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Beccy and Nick's Dawn Swim for Fun

Jul 21, 2012
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…
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Happy Soggy Easter!

Jul 01, 2012
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…
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Twelve Years and Counting - Fun publishes annual statistics

Mar 29, 2012
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…
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Could you go the distance for Fun in Action?!

Mar 20, 2012
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…
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Top drawer charity; top drawer staff and volunteers

Jan 06, 2012
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…
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Fun's Sizzling Start to the Summer in Stanmer Park

Jul 10, 2011
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…
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Walk latest: £3,000 and rising! Can you help us make it to £4,000?

May 05, 2011
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…
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Becky and Nick's Swimming Challenge for Fun raised over £500

May 03, 2011
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
Fun In Action Easter Picnic 2011

Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2011

Apr 29, 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…
Local Comedians stand up for Fun

Local Comedians stand up for Fun

Apr 27, 2011
Award-winning comic Mark Simmons led the line-up of local comedians raising money for Fun in Action on
Cranleigh School Students Walk for Fun

Cranleigh School Students Walk for Fun

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

Fun commended by Centre for Social Justice

Mar 10, 2011
Fun in Action was delighted to reach the Long List in the Centre for Social Justice's Charity of the Year Award this
Fun in Action for Children Christmas Party 2010

Fun in Action for Children Christmas Party 2010

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

Fun recognised for mentoring and befriending achievement

Nov 12, 2010
Fun in Action has been shortlisted for the regional finals of the ‘Mentoring and Befriending Recognition Awards 2010’ the
Dinner to Go Goes to Fun Christmas Party 2010!

Dinner to Go Goes to Fun Christmas Party 2010!

Sep 01, 2010
Ben from Dinner to Go is very generously donating pizza for 120 people at our Christmas Party again this
The Best Ever Barbeque!

The Best Ever Barbeque!

Aug 08, 2010
Beautiful weather and a record breaking turnout of 120 people helped to make this year’s BBQ the best ever in
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Bellissimo! Brighton Belles raise money for Fun

Jul 21, 2010
The magnificient Brighton Belles WI held a traditional fête on Hove lawns this summer and half the proceeds went to Fun In Action word
Rocking the Night Away for Fun

Rocking the Night Away for Fun

Jun 25, 2010
A band night at the Hydrant over the summer, supported by Capital International, raised almost a £1,000 for Fun in
A Special Wedding Day Gift for Fun

A Special Wedding Day Gift for Fun

Jun 15, 2010
A huge thanks to Fun befriender, Vicky Boorman, and her partner Al, who asked their guests to donate to Fun in Action in
Fun Donation is All Locked Up

Fun Donation is All Locked Up

May 10, 2010
Thank you to Haines Locksmiths, Masters Lock and Safe, 1st City Lock and Andrews Locksmiths for raising the magnificent sum of £552 for
Brighton Pre Prep School raise money for FUN

Brighton Pre Prep School raise money for FUN

Apr 22, 2010
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…
Fun in Action proves a hit on the High Street

Fun in Action proves a hit on the High Street

Apr 10, 2010
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,…
Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2010

Fun in Action Easter Picnic 2010

Apr 05, 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
Having Fun is as easy as ABC

Having Fun is as easy as ABC

Jan 03, 2010
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
Fun in Action Christmas Party a HIT

Fun in Action Christmas Party a HIT

Dec 25, 2009
This year the Fun in Action’s Christmas Party took place on Sunday December 6th at the Whitehawk Community Centre where
Fun Celebrates 10 Years in Brighton

Fun Celebrates 10 Years in Brighton

Dec 01, 2009
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
The Capital keeps on Coming

The Capital keeps on Coming

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

Parents’ Voices provide a testament to Fun’s work

Sep 01, 2009
As part of its evaluation process Fun in Action is always keen to hear how we impact the lives of the children that we
Fun nominated as Waitrose charity of the month

Fun nominated as Waitrose charity of the month

Aug 14, 2009
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
Fun in Action BBQ 2009 Sizzles

Fun in Action BBQ 2009 Sizzles

Aug 02, 2009
The annual Fun in Action Summer BBQ took place on Sunday August 2 at the beautiful Stanmer Park and
Fun Friendship pays visit to Hove School

Fun Friendship pays visit to Hove School

May 07, 2009
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

 

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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