Over the weekend Dagenham Rugby Club was targeted by vandals who set fire to the storage container that housed all of the training and pitch equipment for the team. Unfortunately, there was very little salvaged. Equipment lost included scrum machines, tackle bags, post protectors etc.

Dagenham RUFC is an amateur club and have started a ‘go fund me’ page for donations to replace items by the start of the new season.

This month Jon Cruddas MP received confirmation of a new community group opening in Rainham. Alan Lamb, known as a Professor in the BDDA (British Disabled Darts Association) has recently returned from Belgium where he took part in the first ever World Cup of Darts, organised by The WDDA (World Disabled Darts Association.) He represented England and brought home the cup which saw England crowned the first ever Darts Champions of the world.

The Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust (HAHT) have launched a campaign to establish a permanent home to remember and commemorate RAF Hornchurch and the Hornchurch Aerodrome. RAF Hornchurch played a crucial role in the defence of London across two World Wars.

Bellway Homes, currently developing the site which encompasses the old St Georges Hospital have kindly gifted Sutton’s House to the HAHT which means that the organisation are one step closer to achieving their goal.

There are over 45,000 new cases of prostate cancer every year in the UK. Just over 11,000 of those cases result in fatality. The ‘March for Men’ was established by Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and funds for crucial research. The charity are investing heavily in research that'll change the game for men, meaning better diagnosis, better treatment and better prospects after treatment.

Jon Cruddas MP is encouraging local residents to get involved with the fundraising by registering and taking part in the annual ‘March for Men’ event in June. Full details are as follows:

Run 4 Life is a platform for local charities across Barking and Dagenham to raise funds. The event will take place on Sunday 9th April where residents will run or walk 5km or 10km for their chosen charity or community group. The event will start at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club on Victoria Road, Dagenham, RM10 7XL from 8am on the day.

Local MP calls on Barking & Dagenham and Havering residents to donate towards final push for 2nd London Air Ambulance helicopter

Jon Cruddas, local Labour MP for Barking and Dagenham strongly supports the terrific work of local resident Haedish Khera-White, who has managed to raise a fantastic £922 for the Chadwell Heath Community Centre which is currently being renovated. Haedish is the wife of local Whalebone Councillor John White, and is very active in the local community fundraising for local projects. This year Haedish ran the Brighton Marathon for CHCC. The Marathon is 26.2 miles long, which requires an enormous amount of stamina and training.

Chadwell Heath Community Centre needs your support!

Each year the local Sainsbury’s branch at Chadwell Heath chooses a charity partner to support for 12 months. The partner is decided upon by the public and all you have to do is get down to the Sainsbury’s in Chadwell Heath and fill out a nomination form.

The community centre offers many local services, acting as a children's centre, hosting activities for residents and still providing the area with its only library.

Recently Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by a local resident who brought this story to his attention regarding a local woman and her battle against cancer. Jon is in full support of the family and hopes that even in these hard times people will do all they can to help the them.

Here is Lauren Dixon's story:

Small Charity Week 2013: June 17th – June 22nd

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