Fundraise on the First: Charity needs your help to make birthday celebrations a success

PUBLISHED: 16:01 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 02 October 2015

First Step is calling on the community to support its fundraising birthday efforts. Picture: Paul Bennett

First Step is calling on the community to support its fundraising birthday efforts. Picture: Paul Bennett


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.

And as the charity gears up to mark its milestone, staff and the Recorder are calling on readers to get involved with the celebrations and help Fundraise on the First raise more vital funds for the charity.

On First Step’s birthday, October 23, staff will be harking back to their ‘80s days, donning leg warmers, jumpsuits and all manner of nostalgic fashion choices while placing collection buckets around their centre, in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch.

There may even be a photograph or two of staff back in the decade.

Others set to enjoy the birthday fun include staff at insurer Grove and Dean, who will be enjoying a week of activities, including a bake-off, competitions and games.

Recorder reporters will also be taking part, while members of the Hornchurch Harmonies WI branch will be donating money to dress in the colour red.

Let us know your plans by emailing, calling 020 8477 3988 or by visiting our Facebook and Twitter pages.

On the day, tweet us your pictures @romfordrecorder using the hashtag #FirstStepBirthday and you may find yourself featured on the following week’s Fundraise on the First page.

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