A centre for homeless children in Bangkok set up by a man from Sutton, was officially opened by Princess Bajrakitiyabha of the Thai royal family.

James Brett-Young, 31, of North Cheam, has lived in Bangkok with his partner Louise Whiting, for the past year. He became concerned about the large number of children in the city who were living on the streets.

Working alongside Childline Thailand and Australian charity, the Exodus Foundation, Mr Brett-Young has opened a centre for 200 children up to the age of 18, in the Pomprab District of Bangkok.

Named The Hub, the centre first opened its doors in January and provides a range of support services to some of Thailand’s most vulnerable children.

Mr Brett-Young said: “My aim was to provide young street people with a fun, but safe, environment, together with opportunities to improve their life chances.

“We want to do more than give vulnerable children a roof, street children in Thailand need help to learn some of the most obvious skills. I am appealing to people in Britain- even in these difficult economic times, to help us provide better lives.”

For more information visit http://thehub.childlinethailand.org