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Gallery: Community raises more than £2,600 for Fundraise on the First campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:54 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:54 10 February 2015

Fabian Cacaj, seven, taking part in Broadford Primary School's sponsored skip for Fundraise on the First

Fabian Cacaj, seven, taking part in Broadford Primary School's sponsored skip for Fundraise on the First

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The generosity of our readers has got our campaign off to a great start, with more than £2,000 raised.

Since we launched Fundraise on the First a month ago, the community has collected more than £2,600 for children’s charity First Step, which supports the families of pre-school children with special needs and disabilities.

Schools and even the Recorder’s own staff are among those who have got involved.

Take a look below at some of the efforts so far:

Broadford Primary School

Matilda Linge, Emma Kelly and Emma Cullinan selling cakes at St Alban's School's sale for Fundraise on the FirstMatilda Linge, Emma Kelly and Emma Cullinan selling cakes at St Alban's School's sale for Fundraise on the First

All these youngsters needed was a skipping rope to join in with our fundraising drive.

Pupils at the school, in Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill, skipped their way to an estimated £300.

Classes took part during their PE time and the children were all asked to obtain £1 in sponsorship.

Iman Idris-Mitze, seven, enjoyed the activity.

Recorder staff Beth Wyatt and Emma Lake with  judge Michelle Mitchell (centre), First Step's fundraising managerRecorder staff Beth Wyatt and Emma Lake with judge Michelle Mitchell (centre), First Step's fundraising manager

He said: “Skipping is my favourite activity. It feels good to exercise and help others at the same time.”

Fabian Cacaj, seven, added: “Skipping makes you healthy. I really enjoyed taking part in this event.”

The day was organised by deputy headteacher Lois Nicholls.

She said: “We are always extremely proud of how the children and families at Broadford get involved and support the local community.

Michelle Mitchell and Janet Hutchinson from First Step drawing their raffleMichelle Mitchell and Janet Hutchinson from First Step drawing their raffle

“The children had lots of fun and raised money for a great cause at the same time.”

Recorder staff

Cakes, buns, muffins and other sweet treats were enjoyed by staff at the Recorder office – raising more than £100 for First Step.

We hosted a bake off and cake sale, which saw editorial and advertising staff reach for their wooden spoons to compete for the chance to be crowned star baker. Michelle Mitchell from First Step was the independent judge of the competition and declared Gill Rosenthal’s lemon drizzle best in show, describing it as “like heaven”.

Year 1 and Year 2 pupils from Broadford Primary School with deputy headteacher Lois Nicholls at the sponsored skipYear 1 and Year 2 pupils from Broadford Primary School with deputy headteacher Lois Nicholls at the sponsored skip

In second place was a delicious carrot cake made by Amy Fuller and third was Linda Evans Packham’s chocolate cake

Recorder news editor Emma Lake said: “Congratulations to all our bakers who presented some delicious treats for the office to enjoy. This was a fun and easy way to raise money for a fantastic charity and we look forward to enjoying many more fundraisers throughout 2015.”

Staff made a minimum donation of £2 to enjoy unlimited cake after our esteemed judge had declared the winner, raising more than £100 for the campaign.

First Step

Recorder staff stuffing their faces in aid of First StepRecorder staff stuffing their faces in aid of First Step

First Step’s staff have not only been rallying readers to raise money for Fundraise on the First, they have also been hosting events themselves.

And they have collected more than £1,000 through their activities.

The charity’s raffle was a success, collecting a total of £215. Participants all paid £5 for their chance to take away the top prize.

The winner bagged two tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing tour at the O2 Arena this month, where they will meet the dancers and celebrities.

Children enjoying St Alban's School's cake sale for Fundraise on the FirstChildren enjoying St Alban's School's cake sale for Fundraise on the First

First Step also held a dinner and dance at Orsett Hall, in Orsett, Essex, which raised almost £1,000.

Seventy guests glammed up to enjoy a three-course meal and entertainment from the Mushroom Clown band.

The guests included Gill Hare, who co-founded First Step in 1988.

Fundraising manager Michelle Mitchell said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event – it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”

St Alban’s Catholic Primary School

Children got stuck into delicious goodies and came away with £107.

Pupils from the school, in Heron Flight Avenue, Hornchurch, held a cake sale with staff and parents after school.

The event was the idea of Jacob and Emma Kelly, six and four, and Connor Dorrian, six.

Jacob and Emma’s mum Clare, 39, works for First Step, while Connor’s brother Finlay, almost one, is supported by the charity.

Clare and Connor and Finlay’s mum Sarah, 35, spoke to the Recorder last week.

Clare said: “We are really pleased. I was hoping for £50 and thought that was ambitious.

“We worked out that we sold 180 cakes in about 10 minutes.

“If lots of people did things like this, we could raise lots of money.”

Bernadette Matthews, the school’s headteacher, said: “It was a pleasure to support such a worthy cause.

“The families here at St Alban’s are always very generous.”

The campaign is running for the whole of 2015, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

To receive a fundraising pack, call Michelle Mitchell on 01708 556355, email fundraising@firststep.org.uk or visit firststep.org.uk/fundraising to download it.

And to let us know about your events, email bethany.wyatt@archant.co.uk.


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