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Fundraise on the First: Youngster who was face of campaign launch helps Recorder raise £50,000

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:43 24 December 2015

Laura Davies and her youngest daughter Katie, seven, launching the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign in January with children's charity First Step. Katie, who has Down's syndrome, used to attend First Step

Laura Davies and her youngest daughter Katie, seven, launching the Recorder's Fundraise on the First campaign in January with children's charity First Step. Katie, who has Down's syndrome, used to attend First Step

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Smiling vivaciously, with an arm tenderly wrapped around her mum, Katie Davies stole the hearts of Recorder readers when she appeared on our front page in January, to kick off our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step.

The family of the seven-year-old, who has Down’s syndrome, shared their tale of struggle but, above all, hope – with the charity lifting the dark clouds off the family’s worries of an uncertain future.

And now, 12 months on, after countless community fundraisers, your efforts have helped us and First Step to raise an incredible £50,000 to change the lives of youngsters like Katie.

From taking part in the Recorder’s Christmas jumper day on Friday, to jumping out of planes, staging musical shows and taking on sporting challenges, our readers have been with us for every step of our fundraising journey.

And now, as the campaign ends, we take a look back at a year of emotion, joy and community spirit, through our picture gallery.

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