The event organisers are delighted to announce that 80 organisations have now registered for the 2021 Virtual Fun Walk. The sponsored walk which has been an annual event since 2002, is a fun challenge for participants, with lots of media coverage and helps local Charity and Community groups generate much needed fundraising for their good causes.
John Baron MP and Chair of the Fun Walk Trustees, said “It’s wonderful to see so many returning groups from around Essex, and this year we have several new Schools, Rotary Clubs, Hospital Charities and Church groups planning to take part.”
The event organisers are hoping to beat last year’s total raised of £103,000 and with the Bonus pot getting closer to £25,000, it’s looking like it could be another great year.
Donating to the Fun Walk Bonus Pot is also a great way for businesses and individuals to support their local community, and we could not run the event without them. The 2021 donors include: Swan New Homes, Anisha Grange Care Home, Butyl Products, Leonardo MW, IFE Global Logistics, Tunnelcraft, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon and others.
Local charities and not-for-profit organisations may register at www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk
About the Fun Walk:
John Baron MP and his team started the Fun Walk in 2002 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and raised £6,000 for six charities and projects. The event became an annual one and continues to grow – in 2020, raising £103,000 for local Charities and good causes. This brings the total raised to £1,272,000 since the Fun Walk’s inception.
To assist with its growth, in 2013 the Fun Walk became a registered Charity and it is now officially known as The Fun Walk Trust (Registered Charity number: 1151626), and in 2019 Basildon Billericay and Wickford CVS was appointed to administer the event on behalf of the Trustees.
John continues his role with the charity as Chair of the Trustees and by soliciting support and sponsorship from local businesses. The BONUS POT is a unique feature of the event, into which local businesses and individuals kindly donate and which is then distributed to participating organisations on a pro rata basis and in addition to the monies they themselves raise in sponsorship. In 2020, it added 30% to the amount raised by participants.
The Fun Walk Trust organises the walk and takes care of the paperwork, leaving the projects free to focus on raising sponsorship money and enjoy the event. The event is not confined to charities, any good cause or project may join us once approved by the Trust. For example, many pre-schools and schools, churches and community groups now regularly participate.
In 2020, given the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the recognition that our local charities and good causes needed our help more than ever, the decision was made to hold a virtual event, allowing supporters able to walk the distance anytime during the month. This proved to be very successful and so will be repeated for 2021.