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Romford Pictures: Fundraise on the First reaches £20,000 mark

PUBLISHED: 09:45 08 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:45 08 June 2015

Table tennis fun day for First Step at the Coopers Company and Coburn School in Upminster. Alex Hill, nine, and Luca Johnson, nine, play for sweets

Table tennis fun day for First Step at the Coopers Company and Coburn School in Upminster. Alex Hill, nine, and Luca Johnson, nine, play for sweets

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The community has continued to rally around our campaign with First Step, raising hundreds of pounds through personal challenges, coffee mornings and fun days.

Six months into Fundraise on the First, £20,000 has been collected to support the families of pre-school children with special needs and disabilities.

With half a year left to go, there is plenty of time to get involved. See some recent highlights for some inspiration:

Spartan Sprint

Spear throws and rope climbs were among the obstacles tackled by one reporter during a gruelling 5k race.

Hampstead rugby girl and Recorder reporter, Harriet Orrell, carrying a tyre during the 5km Spartan Sprint for First Step Hampstead rugby girl and Recorder reporter, Harriet Orrell, carrying a tyre during the 5km Spartan Sprint for First Step

Harriet Orrell took on the Spartan Sprint with Hampstead Ladies Rugby Club and has raised £1,118.

Harriet said: “It was one of the physically hardest things I have ever done and I couldn’t have done it without Hampstead Ladies beside me.”

Lilly Hunt added: “I’m so proud to be part of this team and so happy to know we’ve helped First Step.”

Visit justgiving.com/hampsteadladiesdospartan.

Reporter Beth Wyatt, executive editor Chris Carter and news editor Emma Lake representing the Recorder at First Step's table tennis tournament at Coopers' School Reporter Beth Wyatt, executive editor Chris Carter and news editor Emma Lake representing the Recorder at First Step's table tennis tournament at Coopers' School

Table tennis

Spear throws and rope climbs were among the obstacles tackled by one reporter during a gruelling 5k race.

Harriet Orrell took on the Spartan Sprint with Hampstead Ladies Rugby Club and has raised £1,118.

Harriet said: “It was one of the physically hardest things I have ever done and I couldn’t have done it without Hampstead Ladies beside me.”

Emma and Sergie Ksaveriev at Zizzi restaurant in Hornchurch's coffee morning for Fundraise on the First Emma and Sergie Ksaveriev at Zizzi restaurant in Hornchurch's coffee morning for Fundraise on the First

Lilly Hunt added: “I’m so proud to be part of this team and so happy to know we’ve helped First Step.”

Visit justgiving.com/hampsteadladiesdospartan.

Coffee morning

A restaurant has raised more than £300 through a series of events.

Cllr Clarence Barrett's 10k for First Step Cllr Clarence Barrett's 10k for First Step

Zizzi, in Station Lane, Hornchurch, is hosting monthly coffee mornings for our campaign.

The first event collected £276.70 and the latest has raised £62.86.

The fundraising drive has been spearheaded by Emma and Sergie Ksaveriev, whose premature son Samuel attended the organisation.

The next event, open to all, will run from 9.30-11.30am on July 6.

Emma said First Step is a vital charity in the community.

10k run

A councillor is celebrating after raising £925 for First Step.

Cllr Clarence Barrett, a long-term supporter, ran the Bupa London 10k in one hour eight minutes.

He said: “It was a really memorable event, particularly finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.

“May I say a big thank you to all those who sponsored me. There are many people and groups across the whole borough raising money for First Step and I am only too pleased to be a part of the campaign.” Visit justgiving.com/Clarence-Barrett4.

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