The organisers are inviting local charities and community groups to register for this year’s virtual fun walk that will take place during June. Supporters can walk individually or organisations can host an event on any date during June, to raise money for their project or good cause. The event is free to enter and registrants receive a free kit with everything they need to run the event, including posters, finisher’s certificates and sponsorship forms.
The BONUS POT is a unique feature of the event, with funds donated by local businesses and individuals and then distributed to participating organisations on a pro rata basis in addition to the monies they themselves raise in sponsorship. This year’s sponsors include Greater Anglia, Anisha Grange Care Home, Tunnelcraft, Butyl Products, Mr Barrie Stone and others.
John Baron MP, Chair of The Fun Walk Trustees, said:
“Last year’s event raised over £90,000 for local charities and good causes and with help from local businesses we hope to do even better with our Platinum Jubilee Fun Walk. This year’s sponsors so far include Greater Anglia, Anisha Grange Care Home, Tunnelcraft, Butyl Products, Mr Barrie Stone and others.”
“Entering a team is a fantastic way for groups to have fun outside, whilst raising money for a good cause.”
Organisations are encouraged to register at www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk
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 – the amount raised in 2021 brings the total raised to £1,362,000 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 2021, 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 to walk the distance anytime during the month. This proved to be very successful and so the virtual format was repeated in 2021, and will be continued in 2022.