First Step marks 25 years with Silver Celebration Ball

First Step charity.

First Step charity. - Credit: Archant

A local charity has celebrated 25 years of helping and supporting local children affected by special needs and disabilities.

More than 300 guests helped First Step mark its anniversary with a Silver Celebration Ball earlier this month at The Pavilion at Orsett Hall.

Attendees included the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Lynden Thorpe, her consort David Thorpe and charity founders Margaret Williams and Gill Hare MBE.

Guests were invited to leave their thoughts or memories of First Step in a special book, which will be included in a time capsule to be buried in the sensory garden at the centre in October – exactly 25 years after the charity started.

Tricia Cowdrey, CEO of First Step, said: “We are delighted the ball was such a success and over £12,500 was raised for First Step.

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“It was wonderful so many supporters were able to mark an historic achievement – 25 years.

“We have worked with over 1,000 children and their families since 1988 and the need for our sessions and support is growing.”

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She added: “Over 80 children currently attend First Step and we, like many charities, have been subject to a cut in our funding. We are grateful for the loyal support of our community, without which we would not be able to continue.”

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