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2019 NEWS 

June 2019

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.

June 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.

June 2019

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.

June 2019

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

everyday essentials. 

June 2019

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. 

May/June 2019


Two rather remarkable ladies

from Tumble Tots Reading have

taken on two amazing challenges

for First Days recently.

Helen took part in Southport Triathlon on 19th May. Nicky took on the 10km Jubliee River swim on 9th June. They have raised over £1200, which is just incredible, and we thank them a million times for choosing to support First Days. 

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.

May 2019

May 2019

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.

April 2019

April 2019



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.

April 2019

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.

March 2019

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'.

March 2019

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.

March 2019

Outreach Slough

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.

Spring 2019

Thanks for choosing us to be your Charity of the Year!

Lexmark Social Committee

Reading Roadrunners

Wellington College - Wellesley House

Holt School

- Broderers House

March 2019

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!


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!

March 2019

February 2019

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.

February 2019

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.


Thank you.


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. 

February 2019





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!

January 2019


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.