Hornchurch charity delighted as festive fair raises thousands

PUBLISHED: 13:49 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:49 30 November 2016

Dolcie, three, enjoying First Step's Christmas bazaar with 'Mr Snowman'

Dolcie, three, enjoying First Step's Christmas bazaar with 'Mr Snowman'


Christmas came early for some lucky youngsters, who met and received gifts from Santa ahead of the big day.

Charity First Step, which supports the families of children with special needs and disabilities, hosted its annual festive bazaar on Saturday, which included a grotto featuring the big man himself, games with “Mr Snowman”, stalls and a raffle.

More than £3,500 was raised at the event, held at the charity’s centre in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch.

First Step chief executive Mark Halls said he was thrilled by the turnout.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported the Christmas Bazaar and delighted to have raised such a wonderful amount for First Step,” he told the Recorder.

“It was lovely to see so many friends and enjoy a festive afternoon together.

“We hope everyone will come along to our free Christmas concert on Friday, December 16, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The Limelight Theatre Company are singing two sets of Christmas tunes at ‘Tasty Treats’ and we will be selling refreshments, cakes and mince pies.”

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