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150 Years of Action for Children

It was on 9 July 1869 that our founder Thomas Bowman Stephenson, along with
two Methodist friends, Francis Horner and Alfred Mager opened the first National
Children’s Home (NCH as we were then) at Waterloo in London. Reverend Stephenson, in
particular, had been concerned by the “ragged, shoeless, filthy, hungry children” he had
encountered whilst going about his clerical duties so set up what he hoped would be a
family-like home for boys initially

That first home was the foundation of the organisation that was to become Action for
Children and our 150th celebrations will take place throughout this year.

To celebrate Action for Children's 150th birthday we will be hosting a celebration day. Details to be announced.


Pictured above: The first two boys welcomed were 10-year olds George Oliver and Frederick Hall pictured here

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