Lancaster and Morecambe Chamber of Commerce chooses their Charity Of The Year

22 August 2023

Each year Lancaster and Morecambe Chamber of Commerce chooses a charity to support as their Charity of The Year. This year Chamber President, Chris Gardner, Director of Morecambe accountancy firm Waters & Atkinson has chosen local charity and Chamber Member, Unique Kidz and Co.

Unique Kidz and Co is a local charity based in Morecambe, and offers disabled children and adults with disabilities access to high-quality play activities and childcare.  They have exciting plans in the pipeline and the Chamber is delighted to be working with them during the next chapter of their journey. 

Chris Gardner, President of the Lancaster and Morecambe Chamber of Commerce added: “I’m delighted to be able to support Unique Kidz for my two years as Chamber President. When I was asked to choose an official charity, it was an easy choice to make. I, like countless other people in the district and beyond, am aware of the fantastic work that Jane, Denise, and everyone else do and a recent tour of the facility confirmed this to me. I look forward to doing whatever I can to assist this marvelous charity during my term as President.”

Founded in 2009, Unique Kidz and Co was set up by two mums, Denise and Jane, who were unable to find suitable childcare for their own disabled children.  Denise and Jane founded Unique Kidz and Co to be able to provide their children, and lots of other local children, with the chance to socialise and play with their friends and to allow them to return to work. The aim of the charity is to advance the social and play opportunities of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities and to include their siblings.

Jane Halpin, Co-Founder of Unique Kidz and Co, said “Unique Kidz and Co are thrilled to be the president’s chosen Charity for the next two years. It is an exciting time of growth as we prepare to submit plans which will secure the charity’s future and next year we will celebrate our 15th Birthday! We look forward to working with Chris, his fantastic team at the Chamber, and other Members.”.

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