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Fundraise on the First: Back to the ‘80s for First Step staff

PUBLISHED: 15:25 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:25 14 September 2015

American singing star of State-side pop group Blondie, Debbie Harry during her recent visit to Britain.

American singing star of State-side pop group Blondie, Debbie Harry during her recent visit to Britain.

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

Pop singer Madonna performing to a crowd of 74,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, in London.Pop singer Madonna performing to a crowd of 74,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, in London.

Staff at the children’s charity are preparing to don some questionable outfits and pull out their hairspray in celebration of First Step’s birthday.

The fun on October 23 will mark 27 years since the charity’s first meeting, at Upminster Methodist Church, in Hall Lane, which took place on the same date in 1988.

Mark Halls, chief executive of the charity, in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, said: “We decided to do something fun and quite simple, so the idea of dressing back to 1988 was agreed.

“We will be dressing up on Friday October 23 and raising money via a JustGiving page, text code and with collection buckets in the reception area.”

Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen, during the Live Aid concert.Freddie Mercury, lead singer with the rock group Queen, during the Live Aid concert.

The charity is appealing to community groups to get involved with its anniversary celebrations, whether it be by embracing the ‘80s spirit or picking another era.

Residents can even do something as simple as dressing in a specific colour, or wearing a hat, and then donating £1 each to First Step.

Insurer Grove and Dean, a long-term supporter of the charity, is set to host a week of fun to mark the birthday.

Staff at the firm, in the Market Place, Romford, are planning to reprise the bake-off they ran earlier in the year, as well as hold competitions and games.

Mark added: “We encourage our wonderful supporters across the borough to join us – whether in their offices, schools or colleges.”

To sponsor First Step’s staff for their dress back day, text BACK27 £3 to 70070. These £3 donations will go direct to the charity, which needs hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to continue.

Alternatively, you can sponsor the team by visiting campaign.justgiving.com/charity/firststep/dressback88.

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