Search

Romford Pictures: Family fun day aims to raise money for brave Hornchurch girl battling cancer

09:36 22 April 2014

Charity stall holders pictured with Lydia Lucy from X Factor

Charity stall holders pictured with Lydia Lucy from X Factor

Archant

Romford businesses got together for a good cause at a fundraising event.

Romford businesses got together for a good cause at a fundraising event aiming to raise money for a brave Hornchurch cancer sufferer.

The event aimed to raise money for seven-year-old Joni-Mai Stevens, who is battling cancer for the second time, and took place at the Ingrebourne centre, Gubbins Lane on April 16.

There was be a bouncy castle and a football goal, face painting for children and a guest appearance from singer Lydia Lucy, who signed autographs.

Local businesses set up stalls there, including Sugar and Spice Bows, Jessy’s Boutique, Bugs and Butterflies, Evie Rose Clothes and Bows, Lilabelles and Macey Bags and Jewellery.

The “family fun day” was organised by Lauren Burgess, who was there with her Bella Me stall.

“I’m going to be there, I’m a nail technician,” Lauren said.

Lauren explained that all she had to take out of the total raised was the cost of the hall and the advertising, and everything else would be going to Joni.

“I don’t really have a lot of money to give to charity, so I just wanted to give something back,” she said.

Lauren explained that after seeing stories on Facebook about Joni-Mai, she felt she wanted to help.

“I just wanted to do it for her”.

Lauren said that while she had not spoken directly to Joni’s parents yet, she had spoken to other family members through the social networking site.

Speaking about how Joni’s family felt about the fundraising, Lauren said: “They were just really thankful.”

To view all our pictures from the day, click the gallery to the right. To make a donation, please visit www.gofundme.com/FortheLoveofJoni.

To view all our pictures from the day, click the gallery on the right. .

Read more:

‘Joni’s army’ are getting stronger by the day, says grandmother of seven-year-old Hornchurch girl battling cancer

Fundraiser at Harold Hill community centre raises more than £3,000

0 comments

Latest News Stories

09:46
One of the men can be seen with a shotgun

This is the terrifying moment a masked gang armed with a shotgun and crowbars broke into a house in Gidea Park.

10:17
Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Queen’s and King George hospitals

Health commissioners in Havering are being investigated by a government watchdog over “pricing arrangements” involving elective care services.

Hit and run victim, Derek Bernstein, 58, is described as a loving husband, father, grandfather and sincere friend by his family

The family of a hit-and-run victim who died last week have described him as a sincere and loving person.

09:36
Business of the Year was won by Harrison Wipes - Havering Business Awards 2014

The entries have flooded in, been sorted and now the finalists of the Havering Business Awards 2015 can be announced.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

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

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

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


Our trusted business finder