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Fundraise on the First: How can you help First Step?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:14 09 March 2015

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

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

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Fundraisers are set to skydive, run and tackle obstacles on their way to raising hundreds of pounds for First Step.

Pupils on their bicycles at Brady Primary School in RainhamPupils on their bicycles at Brady Primary School in Rainham

The community has rallied behind our Fundraise on the First campaign and now members of the public and our own staff are throwing themselves into a range of exciting challenges.

Almost a dozen employees from the Recorder and its sister titles have signed up for the Regent’s Park Races 10k Series and are set to take on a run on July 5.

With some of the group firmly positioned in the “not joggers” camp, it will be interesting to see how they get on with their training.

Reporter Harriet Orrell is not only participating in the run, but she is also taking part in the Spartan Race Sprint at Allianz Park, London, on May 16.

Pupils on their bicycles at Brady Primary School in RainhamPupils on their bicycles at Brady Primary School in Rainham

Along with her fellow members of the Hampstead Ladies rugby club, Harriet will be tackling a 5k plus muddy course, taking on more than 15 obstacles.

The event will see the team climb, run and jump their way to the finish line.

Others in the community are also participating in running challenges for First Step.

Cllr Clarence Barrett, who has previously raised more than £3,700 for the charity, is taking part in the Bupa London 10k race in May, while Joe Dorrian is running the London Marathon.

Pupils on their bicycles at Brady Primary School in RainhamPupils on their bicycles at Brady Primary School in Rainham

Joe’s son Finlay, almost one, who was previously featured in the Recorder, has the condition Williams Syndrome and attends First Step.

His father has received more than £1,770 in sponsorship so far.

First Step also has three members of the public confirmed to take part in a skydive in August.

But it is not only sports events where you can get involved. Romford Shopping Hall is hosting a gathering of princesses in a second attempt at a Guinness World Record.

The current record is 351 princesses, which the site, in the Market Place, Romford, hopes to surpass.

The attempt will take place at 1pm on April 25. Participants should wear dresses which are calf-length or lower and tiaras will be provided by the shopping hall.

To sponsor the Recorder’s staff, visit justgiving.com/FundraiseontheFirst.


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