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First Step

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Smiling vivaciously, with an arm tenderly wrapped around her mum, Katie Davies stole the hearts of Recorder readers when she appeared on our front page in January, to kick off our Fundraise on the First campaign with children’s charity First Step.

A 10-year-old girl whose family were supported by First Step when she was a baby is taking on an endurance challenge to thank the charity.

Youngsters and families enjoyed visiting Santa’s Grotto and “Mr Snowman’s Wonderland” at First Step’s Christmas bazaar on Saturday.

Beer lovers now have a new bottle to try as a brewery launches its latest variety for charity.

Festive fever is set to officially kick off next week, with Santa, snowmen and carols all featuring at a celebration.

We are now 11 months into the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign, supporting the work of children’s charity First Step – which cares for youngsters with special needs and disabilities.

One autumn day, six families came together to share their experiences of raising children with special needs and disabilities and their hopes and fears for the future.

Take a step back into Romford’s spooky past by taking part in a special event for Halloween.

More than 100 people came together for an evening of fundraising fun.

Almost 27 years ago, First Step’s founders Gill Hare and Margaret Williams began their journey to improve the lives of youngsters with special needs and disabilities.

Keen bakers from a club pitted themselves against each other in a competition with a difference.

Sweet treats were on the menu at a tea room event.

Power blazers, jumpsuits and leg warmers are set to make a comeback next month as the First Step team go ‘80s-style.

The energy and soaring vocals of some of our best-loved musicals were strikingly recreated at a charity concert.

A reader is set to be transported to the world of musicals this week after winning a Recorder competition.

Nights on Broadway will bring the sounds of the West End to Romford this week and we’re giving you the chance to win two tickets.

The toe-tapping melodies of Grease ooze from a stage while a dozen young people laugh spiritedly, working to master an energetic hand jive.

Scorching hot weather and a gruelling distance of 62 miles await a councillor as she takes on a fundraising challenge along a legendary pilgrims’ route.

With a month to go until Brookside Theatre’s Nights on Broadway show for Fundraise on the First, we are introducing you to the cast:

Thrill-seekers are preparing to plummet thousands of feet in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for First Step.

It is now just two months until the Brookside Theatre’s musical extravaganza Nights on Broadway, which is raising money for the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step.

Readers have continued to rally around the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign, raising a fantastic £25,556 so far.

Youngsters are encouraged to put their creativity to good use by taking part in a card-making competition for First Step.

The community has continued to rally around our campaign with First Step, raising hundreds of pounds through personal challenges, coffee mornings and fun days.

Twelve teams stepped forward, putting their pride on the line in a bid to be crowned sporting champions.

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