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HATTERS PUT THE BOOT IN FOR KIDS IN ACTION!

22 February 2019

Sunday's game against Coventry is the designated matchday for the Hatters' players' charity of the season Kids In Action, and you will see their volunteers collecting at various locations around the ground.

The Dunstable-based charity was established in 1996 to provide a weekly youth club for children with special needs, and this runs every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

In recent years, as the children who used the facilities have grown into adults, the charity's founder Paul Bowen-James and manager Tracey Hammond have started to run an Over-18s club for existing members which takes place every Monday from 6-9pm.

Many young people with disabilities experience isolation and loneliness, and Kids In Action's work helps to alleviate these negative experiences and is often described as lifeline by parents. By providing facilities and support to young people, this has enabled the organic growth of extended support to families who have a shared experience of caring for a family member with disabilities.

Earlier in the season, Hatters stars James Shea, Jack Stacey, Harry Cornick and Harry Isted visited the charity and spent the afternoon playing table tennis, computer games and other activities with the youngsters.

We also shared a video of Danny Hylton speaking to 13-year-old Curtis, who lives with cerebral palsy, on FaceTime. Danny promised his No.1 fan Curtis tickets to a game, then surprised him with the opportunity to be mascot for the Wycombe FA Cup tie last November.

Now the players are hoping that their idea to auction their boots and goalkeeper gloves will help Kids In Action towards their goal of raising £750,000 needed to purchase the building they currently use in Boscombe Road, Dunstable.

The Hatters players have worn these boots during the recent record-breaking unbeaten run, so you will be buying a piece of club history if you bid and win one of the auctions that will start on Monday March 4th on the club's website and social media channels.

Shea said: "We had a great afternoon taking the kids on at FIFA, Connect Four, table tennis and other games when we visited, and it showed exactly how important it is for youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties to have an environment like that where they are comfortable and happy.

"All the boys were up for doing whatever we could to help raise £1,000 – and hopefully more – for their Key To The Door appeal. Please donate what you can at the Coventry game and then if you feel able to bid for the lads' boots and gloves from myself, Marek and Harry, it'd be fantastic."

For more information on Kids In Action, please visit:

WEB: www.kidsinaction.org.uk

TWITTER: @kidsinaction20

FACEBOOK: kidsinaction1996


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