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Fundraise on the First: Recorder’s campaign close to £50,000 mark

PUBLISHED: 17:05 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:20 12 November 2015

Editorial staff from the Recorder team wearing 90s dress posing on the front steps of the office as part of the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step

Editorial staff from the Recorder team wearing 90s dress posing on the front steps of the office as part of the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step

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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.

First Step's chief executive Mark Halls dressed up prior to the charity's First Step's chief executive Mark Halls dressed up prior to the charity's "dress back" day to celebrate its 27th birthday

Throughout the year, the Recorder, First Step, schools and community groups have raised money through a range of different activities, including sponsored sports challenges, dress-up days and quizzes.

Fundraise on the First has almost reached the £50,000 mark, with the total now standing at £46,937.

To see what fundraisers have been getting up to over the last few weeks, take a look at the stories below.

There is still time to get involved with the campaign – contact Beth Wyatt by calling 020 8477 3988 or emailing bethany.wyatt@archant.co.uk.

Staff from Zizzi Hornchurch dressed up for First Step's 27th birthday Staff from Zizzi Hornchurch dressed up for First Step's 27th birthday

Dress back

First Step and the Recorder dressed in ‘80s and ‘90s gear to mark 27 years of First Step.

The Hornchurch Harmonies WI and Zizzi Hornchurch also held dress-up days.

The total sum of money raised is not yet known.

Debbie Bennett, Caroline Hood and Allie Marchington celebrating First Step's birthday Debbie Bennett, Caroline Hood and Allie Marchington celebrating First Step's birthday

Spooky scares

Haunted Havering was on the agenda at a walk.

Historian Brian Evans hosted a spooky tour of Romford, entertaining more than 20 members of the public, including representatives from the Recorder and First Step.

Participants’ donations came to £100.

Ghost walkers with historian Brian Evans, Recorder editor Chris Carter and reporters Hayley Anderson and Rosie Fenton. Brian hosted the walk in aid of the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step Ghost walkers with historian Brian Evans, Recorder editor Chris Carter and reporters Hayley Anderson and Rosie Fenton. Brian hosted the walk in aid of the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step

Quiz fun

A group of florists picked up their pens for a night of trivia and fundraising.

The Rush Green Community Association’s Floral Arts Group hosted one of its popular quizzes and donated the £143 proceeds to the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign.

Birthday event

Publicity officer Rose Wilson (left) and treasurer Pam Rennie from the RGCA (Rush Green Community Association) Floral Arts Group with First Step's chief executive Mark Halls. The flower club raised £143 for the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with the charity, through one of its popular quiz nights. Picture: Michelle Mitchell Publicity officer Rose Wilson (left) and treasurer Pam Rennie from the RGCA (Rush Green Community Association) Floral Arts Group with First Step's chief executive Mark Halls. The flower club raised £143 for the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign with the charity, through one of its popular quiz nights. Picture: Michelle Mitchell

First Step also celebrated its anniversary at its latest Tasty Treats tea room event.

Staff, the Recorder and supporters heard from co-founder Gill Hare about the charity’s early days and listened to Havering Poetry Group’s Terry Bickell read a specially-written poem. The event raised £150.

Trivia test

A second quiz night was a roaring success.

The First Step team and trustees celebrating the charity's 27th birthday at its Tasty Treats event The First Step team and trustees celebrating the charity's 27th birthday at its Tasty Treats event

First Step held one of its own evenings, at its centre in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, which was attended by more than 100 people.

Fourteen teams competed and the total sum raised was £1,003.

Themed ride

A 20-strong team of cyclists rode off to the site of a famous battle.

Fundraisers enjoying First Step's latest quiz, which raised more than £1,000 for the children's charity. Picture: Michelle Mitchell Fundraisers enjoying First Step's latest quiz, which raised more than £1,000 for the children's charity. Picture: Michelle Mitchell

Phil Bayfield and his teammates tackled a 134-mile route to commemorate 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, which saw King Henry V lead his men to victory against the vastly larger French army.

The riders came away with £1,243 in sponsorship.

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