Fundraise on the First: £6,500 raised through bake sales, fun days and more
PUBLISHED: 13:24 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 02 April 2015
Three months into the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign, the community has raised just over £6,500 for First Step.
Schools, groups and businesses have all come together to support the families of children with special needs and disabilities in the borough.
Here are some of the fundraisers which have taken place:
Brady Primary School
Schoolchildren have cycled and scooted their way to almost £500.
Fifty pupils from Brady Primary School, in Wennington Road, Rainham, enjoyed a mini-triathlon for First Step.
They cycled or rode on scooters before running and skipping.
Sandra Franklyn, the school’s office assistant, said: “We are waiting for a little bit more money to come in, but it is about £480.
“The children have done really well and enjoyed it.
“Everyone’s money adds up when you put it together.”
The school held the event while taking part in initiative The Big Pedal, run by transport charity Sustrans.
This saw the children travel to school by bike and scooter, before totting up their journeys on charts in their classrooms.
Trying out hoses and sitting in police vans were among highlights for children at a fun day.
First Step held an emergency services day as part of our Fundraise on the First campaign and raised more than £350.
The event, at the charity’s centre in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, saw youngsters try out police hats and firefighter helmets for size, as well as enjoy craft tables and refreshments.
Michelle Mitchell, First Step’s fundraising manager, said: “The day was fantastic. We are sincerely grateful to the police officers, ambulance personnel and crew from East Ham fire station, who were so generous with their time and expertise.
“Our dedicated volunteers worked hard and we would like to thank everyone involved.”
Workers at a motor company are brightening Easter for families this year.
Employees at Ford’s Dagenham plant made donations for the purchase of 100 Easter eggs.
These will go to some of the parents and children currently being supported by First Step.
Michelle Mitchell, First Step’s fundraising manager, said: “We are extremely grateful for the continued support from all those at Ford Motor Company.
“They have generously supported us for many years and we thank them for their ongoing commitment.”
Grove & Dean
Friendly rivalry helped an insurance broker raise funds for First Step.
Staff from Grove & Dean went head-to-head in a bake-off, before selling their creations.
They have collected £80 so far.
The firm, in Tollgate House, in Romford’s Market Place, has selected First Step as one of two charities to support over the next two years.
HR adviser Donna Gallagher said: “It went really well and everyone had their fair share of cake.
“Because First Step is a local charity people really know where their money is going and the charity is so appreciative.”
Baking brownies was Molly Canty’s recipe for success.
The youngster collected £40 after making the tasty treats and selling them to pals at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster.
Her mum Amanda, who helped her, said: “Molly was very happy to raise money for First Step as this wonderful charity has made such a difference to so many local families.
“A close friend of ours, and her family, have benefitted greatly and Molly was keen to show her appreciation and support.”
We Are FSTVL
The organisers of a music attraction have donated £2,000 to our campaign.
Reece Miller, Ellis Miller and Sammie Brannen stopped by at First Step’s centre to hand over a cheque.
Reece said: “We Are FSTVL cares greatly for its local community and First Step is an amazing support function to children and families in the borough.
“Being a local business ourselves, it is a privilege to be able to see first-hand the work they do.
“We Are FSTVL look forward to building our relationship with First Step further.”
The festival is on May 30 and 31 at Damyns Hall Aerodrome.
The Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign with First Step is running throughout 2015 and its staff are among those in the community getting involved, through events such as an obstacle course and 10k race.
But are there any challenges which you would like to see us take on for the campaign?
Email your ideas to email@example.com and we will put the best ones back out to readers, so you can vote for your favourites.
You can also get involved with the campaign by hosting events yourself, or, if you are unable to, you can make a donation.
Text FRST15, a space and the amount to 70070. You can give £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to First Step through this. To sponsor our staff, visit justgiving.co.uk/FundraiseontheFirst.
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