This year’s annual Fun Walk (again hosted by Barleylands Farm) is making good progress towards its event on 8 September.
Last year, the event raised £100,000 for nearly 100 charities – bringing the total monies raised since inception in 2002 to £1,064,000.
So far this year, over 80 good causes and charities have signed up. Meanwhile, local businesses have so far committed nearly £30,000 to the bonus pot – with more promised. Last year the bonus pot added £65 to every £100 raised by each good cause and charity.
Due to the event’s increasing popularity, on behalf of The Fun Walk Trust (itself a charity), this year’s event is being organised for the first time by the Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS).John Baron MP, Chair of trustees of The Fun Walk Trust, said:
“We are making great progress towards another wonderful event. My thanks go to the team at BBWCVS, to Barleylands Farm and to this year’s bonus pot sponsors including Anisha Grange Care Home, c2c, Greater Anglia, Brown & Carroll, Leonardo MW, RSE Building Services, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon and Tunnelcraft.“
Chris Evans BBWCVS Chief Officer added:
“We are really looking forward to seeing so many new participants this year. We have been thrilled with the response from local charities.“
Chris Philpot from Barleylands Farm added:
“As a local family run business we are very proud to support the Community and Local Charities as Host for the Fun Walk. It is very important that these Charities have got a platform to raise awareness and funds for the vital causes they support and we are more than happy to lend a helping hand.“