Fundraise on the First: Recorder's campaign close to £50,000 mark
PUBLISHED: 17:05 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:20 12 November 2015
We are now 11 months into the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign, supporting the work of children's charity First Step - which cares for youngsters with special needs and disabilities.
Throughout the year, the Recorder, First Step, schools and community groups have raised money through a range of different activities, including sponsored sports challenges, dress-up days and quizzes.
Fundraise on the First has almost reached the £50,000 mark, with the total now standing at £46,937.
To see what fundraisers have been getting up to over the last few weeks, take a look at the stories below.
There is still time to get involved with the campaign – contact Beth Wyatt by calling 020 8477 3988 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Step and the Recorder dressed in ‘80s and ‘90s gear to mark 27 years of First Step.
The Hornchurch Harmonies WI and Zizzi Hornchurch also held dress-up days.
The total sum of money raised is not yet known.
Haunted Havering was on the agenda at a walk.
Historian Brian Evans hosted a spooky tour of Romford, entertaining more than 20 members of the public, including representatives from the Recorder and First Step.
Participants’ donations came to £100.
A group of florists picked up their pens for a night of trivia and fundraising.
The Rush Green Community Association’s Floral Arts Group hosted one of its popular quizzes and donated the £143 proceeds to the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign.
First Step also celebrated its anniversary at its latest Tasty Treats tea room event.
Staff, the Recorder and supporters heard from co-founder Gill Hare about the charity’s early days and listened to Havering Poetry Group’s Terry Bickell read a specially-written poem. The event raised £150.
A second quiz night was a roaring success.
First Step held one of its own evenings, at its centre in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch, which was attended by more than 100 people.
Fourteen teams competed and the total sum raised was £1,003.
A 20-strong team of cyclists rode off to the site of a famous battle.
Phil Bayfield and his teammates tackled a 134-mile route to commemorate 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, which saw King Henry V lead his men to victory against the vastly larger French army.
The riders came away with £1,243 in sponsorship.