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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

A firefighter with Olivia Sumpton, eight, at First Step's emergency services day

A firefighter with Olivia Sumpton, eight, at First Step's emergency services day

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Three months into the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign, the community has raised just over £6,500 for First Step.

Pc Morris with Keira Drake, 10, and Ronnie Drake, five, at First Step's emergency services dayPc Morris with Keira Drake, 10, and Ronnie Drake, five, at First Step's emergency services day

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.

We Are FSTVL staff with the First Step teamWe Are FSTVL staff with the First Step team

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.

Harry Bryant, five, with ambulance workers Dave Elliot and Victoria Artus at First Step's emergency services dayHarry Bryant, five, with ambulance workers Dave Elliot and Victoria Artus at First Step's emergency services day

“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.

First Step

Pc Evans and Pc Andrews from Cranham's safer neighbourhoods team with First Step staff Debbie Bennett, Alison Denyer and Michelle MitchellPc Evans and Pc Andrews from Cranham's safer neighbourhoods team with First Step staff Debbie Bennett, Alison Denyer and Michelle Mitchell

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.

Brady Primary School pupils taking part in their mini-triathlon for First StepBrady Primary School pupils taking part in their mini-triathlon for First Step

“Our dedicated volunteers worked hard and we would like to thank everyone involved.”

Ford

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.

Liam Giblin, four, with his mum Jayne Daniel in an ambulance at First Step's emergency services dayLiam Giblin, four, with his mum Jayne Daniel in an ambulance at First Step's emergency services day

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

Charlie Hood, seven, using a hose at First Step's emergency services dayCharlie Hood, seven, using a hose at First Step's emergency services day

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.

Priya Bhurji, Michelle Mitchell, Helen Barker and Tracey Gardener with some of the Easter eggs donated to families supported by First Step. Picture: First StepPriya Bhurji, Michelle Mitchell, Helen Barker and Tracey Gardener with some of the Easter eggs donated to families supported by First Step. Picture: First Step

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.”

Molly Canty

Baking brownies was Molly Canty’s recipe for success.

Molly Canty, a pupil at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, handing over her fundraising money to Michelle Mitchell, First Step's fundraising manager. Picture: First StepMolly Canty, a pupil at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, handing over her fundraising money to Michelle Mitchell, First Step's fundraising manager. Picture: First Step

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

Firefighters with Olivia Sumpton, eight, and Sammy Sumpton, four, at First Step's emergency services dayFirefighters with Olivia Sumpton, eight, and Sammy Sumpton, four, at First Step's emergency services day

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.

Grove & Dean staff taking part in a bake-off for our Fundraise on the First campaignGrove & Dean staff taking part in a bake-off for our Fundraise on the First campaign

“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

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.

Journalists Laura Burnip, Harriet Orrell and Beth Wyatt are running in a 10K race to raise money for First StepJournalists Laura Burnip, Harriet Orrell and Beth Wyatt are running in a 10K race to raise money for First Step

But are there any challenges which you would like to see us take on for the campaign?

Email your ideas to bethany.wyatt@archant.co.uk 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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