Win £1,000 with Camelot. See this week's Recorder

On sale October 16

Havering 90 Joggers put sole to street to raise Christmas cash for Hornchurch children’s charity First Step

09:45 09 January 2014

Santa run: The Havering 90 Joggers collected more than £200 for First Step

Santa run: The Havering 90 Joggers collected more than £200 for First Step


Runners last month donned festive get-up and took to the streets to raise cash for needy youngsters.

Twenty athletes from Havering 90 Joggers stepped out in Hornchurch and Upminster on Sunday, December 22, dressed as Father Christmas and his elves and fairies.

But rather than dishing gifts out, the group was collecting coins from passers-by as they ran from Hornchurch Sports Centre to Upminster town centre and back again.

The £207.14 that went into Santa’s sack will help children’s charity First Step – which is based in Hornchurch – continue providing its services in 2014.

The Tangmere Crescent organisation offers the families of children with special needs a place to share experiences and support each other. It works with more than 100 pre-school children.

The club’s Jeff Fenton said: “We have a member, Liz Preston, who’s quite involved with First Step as a volunteer, and we’re based in Havering so we like to fundraise for First Step and St Francis Hospice.”

Jeff estimated the joggers had raised more than £1,000 in the last few years for the charity.

First Step CEO Tricia Cowdrey said: “We are all extremely grateful to Keith from Havering 90 Joggers and extend our thanks to all the club runners who took part and, of course, all those who donated along the way.

“This is a wonderful amount, and we will use these funds to provide support for families of pre-school children with special needs and/or disabilities who live in Havering.”

The fundraiser is an annual event for the runners, who meet weekly at the club room upstairs at Hornchurch Sports Centre. Last year they raised an impressive £400 treading the same streets.

If you’re interested in joining Havering 90 Joggers, e-mail or visit for more information.


Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:31
Released CCTV images.

CCTV images have been released of two youths police would like to identify after a 12-year-old boy was threatened in a subway in Romford.

Yesterday, 14:56
Ben with one of his furniture designs

An innovative Hornchurch designer has been chosen to showcase his work at one of the world’s top design events.

Yesterday, 11:38
Straight Road, Romford

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was slashed across his face when he answered a knock on his door.

Yesterday, 07:00
The Ferry Lane roundabout. Picture: Google StreetView

The director of a haulage firm that was a “very severe risk” to road safety has been banned from the industry for five years.

Mon, 17:16
Broadford Primary School.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a racist rant a Harold Hill primary school.

Mon, 15:46
Dagnam Park Drive Picture: Google Maps

A consultation has been launched by Havering Council into whether Dagnam Park Drive should become a 20mph zone as part of a series of proposed safety improvements for the road.

Mon, 14:04
Cllr Keith Prince is the Conservative candidate for Redbridge and Havering in the London Assembly elections

Born and bred in Havering and a former Redbridge council leader, Keith Prince, wants to stand up for the two boroughs.

Mon, 12:53
Perri's receipt shows the charge for womens clothes at the top

Most shoppers have accepted the 5p charge for plastic bags in supermarkets, but £12 for four of them is another story.

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


Amazon: Everything you want to buy all in one place!

With £1,500 to spend online at Amazon, there’s really nothing you can’t buy.

You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder