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
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.
Fundraise on the First: A year of fundraising
Amalie Stevens, 11 weeks, Myah Godfrey, eight months, Sophie Russell and Vicky Winch at Romford Shopping Hall for its attempt to break the Guinness World Record for having the largest gathering of princesses. Although the record was not broken, more than £360 was collected for First Step
The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. The show, staged over four consecutive nights, raised almost £3,000. Picture: Brookside Theatre
Drapers' Academy's principal Darren Luckhurst with pupils Sophie Prior, 11, and Tyler Robinson, 11. The academy and Drapers' Brookside Junior School both took part in the Recorder's festive jumper day for the campaign and donated £500 in total
Mark Shales, Emma Lake, Ellie Hoskins, Beth Wyatt and Toby Carter after running a 10k race in Regent's Park in aid of Fundraise on the First. The runners collected £280 in sponsorship
Jean Rayner, who undertook a sponsored swim at Central Park Leisure Centre on her 80th birthday to raise money for Fundraise on the First. She raised more than £1,500
Youngsters at Brady Primary School held a mini-triathlon to raise money for First Step and came away with £480 for the charity
(L-R top row): Micha Palmer, Anita Oliver, Rachel Grovenor, Kella Kapnisi, Lilly Hunt, Irene Leardini and Delphine Tsirane. (Bottom row L-R): Rachel Berry, Alex Bowtell, Kirsty Morgan, Jessica Searle, Harriet Orrell and Helena Messiter-Tooze. The teammates, from Hampstead Ladies rugby club, are pictured after taking part in a Spartan Sprint race for Fundraise on the First. They raised more than £1,000
First Step's chief executive Mark Halls dressed up '80s style to celebrate the charity's 27th birthday. A number of community groups took part in the day, with many dressing in '80s or '90s gear, and £120 was collected for the charity in total
Grace Mernagh, eight, and Scarlett Farmer, eight, with Santa at First Step's Christmas bazaar. More than £2,600 was raised for First Step at the event
The Recorder's Hayley Anderson, Emma Lake and Beth Wyatt after hosting a guess how many sweets are in the jar competition for the campaign. More than £30 was raised
Sion Parry, Edward Mitchell, Hannah Baglee and Chloe Rouse did a tandem skydive in support of First Step. They collected £1,800 in sponsorship
Laura Davies with her daughters Katie, seven, and Jenna, 10. The family helped to launch Fundraise on the First in January
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.