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Fundraise on the First: Romford Lions Club continues to support charity after 25 years

PUBLISHED: 06:16 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 06:16 27 February 2015

Brian Phillips, Stephen Bush and Peter Coe from The Romford Lions Club with staff members Aimee Neale Music Therapist and Debbie Bennett playroom leader at First Steps in Hornchurch which they raise a lot of money for

Brian Phillips, Stephen Bush and Peter Coe from The Romford Lions Club with staff members Aimee Neale Music Therapist and Debbie Bennett playroom leader at First Steps in Hornchurch which they raise a lot of money for

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A voluntary community group which has dedicated 25 years to raising money for First Step, plans to go full steam ahead with fundraising.

The Romford Lions Club has donated thousands of pounds to the disabled children’s charity and aims to continue its support for the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign.

Peter Coe, project manager, said: “It is the best charity I know.

“There are not many that will go so far to help these children so we need to give them all of the support we can.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get involved, especially those who have never heard of them.”

Peter – an original member of the Lions Club – started fundraising for the charity when his son Collin Coe became a trustee.

He said: “Collin thought it was a really cause to donate to so I became interested in

it and haven’t looked back since.

“We like to make a difference to those in our community and First Step is an ideal place to see what the money goes towards.”

Romford Lions club – based in Thurrock – formed in 1965 and has about 20 members who dedicate their time to raising funds and has donated more than £8,000 for 24 different charities between 2011-2012.

Stephen Bush, the club’s social secretary, said: “We try to do as much as we can for all sorts of causes.

“Even though we help local charities, Lions Club is an international group and so if there are any hurricanes, tsunamis or any other disasters then we will do our bit to help.”

Money raised over the past 25 years in aid of First Step by the club has gone towards summer activities for children as well as funding both the music and the sensory room.

The Romford branch will be celebrating its 50th anniversary later this year and the special day will not go unnoticed by its members.

Brian Phillips, club secretary, said: “We’ve got a few ideas of what we would like to do to mark the big five-O. We’re going to keep it all nice and quiet for now but of course, we’ll keep on raising as much as we can for the charities.”

In the mean time, the Romford Lions Club will be holding a number of events to raise even more money for First Step, including a bridge night at the Harold Wood community centre, quizzes and general fundraising throughout the year.

Brian said: “It is very important to all of us that we do all that we can to help such a great charity that has done so much for children over the years.

“They need all the help that they can get and we intend to give it to them.”

Romford Lions Club will be raising money for First Step at their next meeting with a donation bucket.

Mr Coe said: “It is extremely difficult to get anyone to donate anything nowadays.

“There are not a lot of people that have heard of the charity and unless you’ve got children who are disabled or know of others that have, many are very wary about giving.

“But we are determined to do our bit and hopefully encourage others to do the same.”


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