Lady Grantchester, of the Moore’s family and owners of Littlewoods, along with two Rotarians, Peter Jarvis and Graham Child, organised an outing for 200 disabled children to go to Thorpe Park in 1990.
The day was so successful that Lady Grantchester offered a one off grant to any Rotary Club willing to take part in a similar event on the second Wednesday in June. Over 800 Rotary Clubs from all over the UK joined in and the National Rotary KidsOut Day was created. It immediately became the biggest single outing for disadvantaged children in the UK, with tens of thousands of children taken out on the second Wednesday every year.
Due to legislation such as the child protection act, health and safety and duty of care, KidsOut officially registered as a charity in 1999 to support Rotary Clubs in the National Rotary KidstOut Day, and grow other innovative children's services.
The first National Rotary KidsOut Day took place on the 13th June 1990 for 200 children
KidsOut was officially registered as a charity
The first Phyzzpod sensory room was installed in Whitley Park Infants School, Reading
KidsOut Toy Box service started for children leaving refuge
The World Stories Project begun
The KidsOut Fun Days service was established
KidsOut now works with every Women's Aid Federation refuge in the UK, and every child relocated from refuge is given the opportunity to receive a Toy Box.
A record breaking year for the National Rotary KidsOut Day with over 29,000 children attending!
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