A Game for Jayla – Dagenham & Redbridge FC – 21 May 2017

Following on from the girl’s contribution, the guys also took turns behind the mic – Sammy Leighton Clay and DJ Ironik pictured – and on the pitch. Celebrities from the world of TV and music were extremely competitive in their attempts to raise the winner’s trophy aloft, with the team led by Danny Wisker coming out triumphant. ‘Heavy D’ joined Danny to receive the trophy.

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RNLI Boxing Day Dip – Southend-on-Sea, Essex – 26 December 2016

Swimmers braved the cold waters of the Thames Estuary to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity in this traditional winter ‘dip’. They weren’t put off by the chilling water temperature which was measured to be 6.1 degrees C, nor the equally bitter bright but fresh blustery weather. The entry fee (paid to the RNLI) included a reviving hot drink and mince pie on leaving the water. Many swimmers sported festive garb or fancy dress, whilst the RNLI attended to ensure their safety. More sensible visitors took advantage of the conditions to walk the pier and beaches – wearing far more suitable attire.

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Santa in the City charity run – London – 4 December 2016

Starting and finishing in the vicinity of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Santa in the City charity run took in a number of the City’s landmarks in a 5k route – sometimes catching members of the public unawares. After the start the runners crossed over the Millennium Bridge towards Tate Modern, passed through the Tower area, before finishing in Paternoster Square.

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24 Hour Human Hamster Wheel Challenge – Southend, Essex -21-22 May 2016

Local resident Dean Ovel, 39, designed a six foot diameter wooden ‘hamster wheel’ in which to carry out this challenge to raise funds for Southend Hospital Charity’s Dementia Appeal. Starting at mid-day on 21 May, and positioned in Southend’s busy High Street, Dean ran non-stop for 24 hours – only stopping for toilet breaks. Finishing on Sunday 22 May after covering nearly 81 miles, Dean celebrated with his wife, children and supporters. Dean is also illustrated here after 9.5 hours and 40 miles covered in the dark of Saturday evening, still facing a whole night and morning of continuous running.

Dean is hoping to raise £10,000 for the appeal, donations towards which can be made here: Just Giving

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‘Fa la la la la la la’

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