These boots are made for walking
We need to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Debbie Beeching for donating literally hundreds of pairs of brand new shoes to First Days. Debbie used to own Little Shoe Box in Sunninghill and the shoes are leftover stock from her time running the business.
So many children will have great new shoes as a result.
And we also need to say another thank you to John Shaw for helping collect the shoes and bringing a huge van load to our offices for sorting.
WOKINGHAM WALK 2019
We we're lucky enough to be one of the two charities the event supported when it ran in May and
today they popped in to the office
to see us and present is with a
cheque for a whopping £1000!
A huge thanks to The oganisers,
and everyone who took part in this
amazing community event.
We are saying a huge welcome to the First Days team to Megan!
Megan is a student at Reading University and is joining us on a 6 week internship, funded through the University's scheme. While she's here she'll be helping with our school uniform project in the lead up to the summer holidays.
Mattea & Dave Triathlon
The fantastic Mattea and Dave completed the Blenheim Palace
Triathlon on Sunday 2nd June. They
didn't just do it for the medal and free
banana at the end. They are also raised
almost £800 for First Days, helping us
support struggling families with
Father's Days Toy Exchange at The Oracle, Reading
A huge thanks to The Oracle for supporting First Days with this event! The toy exchange brought lots of great toy donations to the charity and help raise awareness about the charity in central Reading.
On the Cover of
The Wokingham Paper
The main story in this week's Wokingham Paper is about the rise in child poverty in the town. Coincidentally, First Days is also pictured on the cover at our stand at last weekend's Wokingham Walk, where we were one of this year's charity beneficiaries.
With the number of children living in poverty on the rise (and referrals to First Days increasing accordingly), support from community groups and events like these are vital to help keep us running and supporting local families. Thank you to Wokingham Walk and everyone who does so much to help us.
A massive thanks to Claire at Buggyfit - Reading. She held a class on Monday and instead of the usual payment she asked for donations of toiletries for First Days and had this amazing response.
Thank you so much to all the wonderful workout mums and to Claire for your support. It really does make a huge difference to First Days and the families we support.
She's only gone and done it!
Massive congratulations to Zoe Browne for completing the London Marathon in under 5 hours and raising nearly £1000 for First Days in the process.
Easter Bunny visit
The kind people at Morgan McKinley Recruitment in Maidenhead came by and donated 75 easter eggs. We are sure the families we help will enjoy having a chocolate treat this Easter.
Day at the Races!
We have been working with Ascot Racecourse recently after they helped fund work we are doing in Slough.
On Sunday March 31st they had one of their regular Spring Family Racedays. We were honoured that they named one of their races after the charity, helping raise the profile of the work that we do with families across Berkshire.
The owner of First Days Emma Cantrell was invited to come along to present the trophy to the winner of the 'First Days Charity Novices' Handicap Steeple Chase'.
Mother's Day treats
Ahead of Mother's Day on Sunday, we need to say a massive thank you to two of our volunteers - Catherine and Katie.
They have galvanised their friends and contacts and between them have put together approximately 80 mother's day packs, which we have been giving outwith referrals all this month.
On March 21st we held our first pop-up outreach service in Slough. Thanks to funding from Berkshire Community Foundation and Ascot Racecourse we've been able to start this project to take the support First Days offers to a community children's centre in Slough. We'll be visiting every month to help provide essentials to families in the town where 30% of children are living in poverty.
Thanks for choosing us to be your Charity of the Year!
Lexmark Social Committee
Wellington College - Wellesley House
- Broderers House
Play Date with Sage
Slightly different corporate lunch today for the People Leadership Team from Sage! A presentation from us and a puzzle and sock sorting session!
RUN BABY RUN
The Sage Reading Half Marathon and Green Park Challenge took place Sunday March 17th. We had 15 runners running for First Days all sporting our First Days branded running tops. All the runners did brilliantly and was cheered along the way by many First Days supporters.
There is still money coming in for our runners, but it looks like the grand total is going to be around the £7000 mark, which is FANTASTIC!
Our friends at Reading Roadrunners were also selling drinks and sweet treats for hungry runners and raised a staggering £676!
Thank you, Karen!
First Days volunteer Karen Janeba ran Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd Feb and raised money for First Days. Karen raised a MASSIVE £565. Go Karen!
A huge thank you to Karen and everyone who has sponsored her so far - without
fundraising like this First Days
simply wouldn't be able to
survive and help support
thousands pf children each year.
If you are interested in taking on
a challenge for First Days, please
drop a line to
and we can let you know details
of what's coming up.
School Days Project
The project was set up in May 2018 in partnership between First Days Children's Charity and Wokingham United Charities to help provide families in the Wokingham area with the uniforms their children need for school.
School holidays tend to be the busiest time for our school uniform team. Today they made sure that 9 children will be able to attend school next week and focus on their studies, rather than worrying that they don't have the correct uniform.
We are still collecting good quality pre-loved secondary school uniform in our pink bins which are positioned across Wokingham. If you have children approaching the end of year 11, please consider donating their uniform to the project at one of the donation points.
We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our supporters donating items to us. If you don't have anything on our current donation list but would still like to help we have an amazon wishlist set up to allow our supporters to help us provide these items and other small items that we vitally need. You can find it online here: http://amzn.eu/ec3212O
Also, if you take a moment to register with Amazon Smile, First Days will also get cash back for purchase through the site.
Thank you so much to those who have kindly bought items from the Amazon Wish List recently.
OUR VERY OWN
We have regular
volunteer meetings to
talk about what the
charity is up to and
hear ideas and
suggestions from those who give their time to help us. Sometimes we discuss big ideas, but sometimes it's more basic. Last month volunteer Shelley put her Netflix viewing to good use and now we're in the process of Marie Kondo-ing all our clothing stock!
PAT TESTING with Mr Electric
We work hard to ensure that everything we give out to families is safe and in good working condition. The fantastic
people at Mr Electric in Reading
have kindly lent us Kalen today,
who has been PAT testing all the
electrical items donated to us
recently, including baby
A huge thank you to both Kalen
and everyone at Mr Electric.
January 2019 / Christmas 2018 fundraising
WOW! - a massive THANK YOU!
We have now had time to tally up and sit down and go through all the amazing fundraising efforts leading up to Christmas 2018, and we are BLOWN AWAY by people's generosity and good will. We can't thank everybody enough for all the money raised for the charity as well as raising awareness of the work that we do.
Thanks to the following groups, schools, churches for spreading extra Christmas cheer here at First Days:
Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company - Bucket Collection after Henry V performances at Reading Minster in October.
Reading University Carol Concert - Bucket collection.
Tumble Tots Christmas Jumpers Week - donations from Tumble Tots attendees in exchange for wearing Christmas clothing.
Early Community Choir - Bucket collection at their November Afternoon Tea Concert.
Reading Rock Choir - Bucket collection outside Tesco Reading.
St Theresa's Primary School, Reading - Giving Tree and donations at Christmas fair.
Our Lady of Peace Church, Woodley - Christmas giving tree.
Micklands Primary, Caversham - Bucket Collection
Crosfields School - Lots of xmas presents and essentials collected.