Romford Club Steps in to Help Local Charity

A Romford club has supported an Essex charity with a £4,999 grant to buy equipment to help pre-school children with special needs and/or disabilities.

Fiction’s donation to First Step will fund items for its playrooms, including a hand held projector, television, high quality sound system, a blackout den, an iPod Touchand specialist software. The money is from the Echo Trust, which was set up by club operator The Deltic Group to award grants to children’s charities.

James Hall, manager of the South Street venue, said: “We hold regular collections at the club to give back to our local community. We nominated First Step to receive the £4,999 grant because of its invaluable support for children and their families.

“The grant is for playroom equipment including a virtual motion gaming system that will engage the children and help their development.”

Mark Halls, Chief Executive Officer at First Step, said: “This is a wonderful donation and we are grateful for the opportunity to enhance our digital learning equipment for the children. In early years this type of developmental play can help build confidence and could assist with transitions to their next educational setting.

“In addition these items can help to promote and develop self-expression, gross and fine motor skills, peer interaction, turn taking, eye contact, coordination, spatial skills and mobility. The grant from the Echo Trust will really make a difference to the children attending First Step and we are very grateful.”

First Step is a registered charity based in Havering which supports pre-school children with special needs and/or disabilities and their families. The children learn and develop though play activities, helping to maximise their own individual potential.  Parents and carers are given support, information and guidance in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Fiction is part of The Deltic Group which operates 58 bars and clubs across the UK, employing more than 2000 people. Deltic set up the Echo Trust to grant awards to local children’s charities. Since it was established in 2002 the Echo Trust has raised more than £2.5 million for good causes.