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8 November 2019

Fun Walk ’Bonus’ Presentation on 22 November - Charities to receive bonus monies after another record year

The Trustees and management of The Fun Walk Trust will be announcing total monies raised in this year’s Fun Walk at a special Presentation to charities of their bonus on 22 November. The total sum will combine the monies raised by the charities themselves on the day with the bonus monies donated by businesses and individuals from across the area.

The presentation will see the bonus cheques presented with many of the businesses which donated into the bonus pot being present – last year, for every £100 raised by a good cause, another £65 was added by local businesses.

The Presentation evening starts at 6.00pm and will be finished at 6.45pm. By kind permission of Hallmark Care Homes, the venue is Anisha Grange Care Home, Outwood Common Road, Billericay CM11 2LE. Drinks will be provided. Local dignitaries, Councillors and media will also be present.

John Baron, Chairman of the Trustees, said:

“This again has been a fantastic team effort. Although we cannot declare total monies raised until the Presentation, we can say that another record has been broken.

“The Presentation also allows the charities to thank our bonus pot sponsors which were Swan Housing Group, c2c Greater Anglia, IFE Global Logistics, Anisha Grange Care Home, Brown & Carroll, Tunnelcraft, Leonardo MW, Star Pubs and Bars, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon, RSE Building Services and others. Their £35,000 will help many good causes.“


9 September 2019

2019 Fun Walk a great success - Walkers and stallholders raise money for numerous charities

The annual Fun Walk took place at Barleylands Farm yesterday (Sunday, 8 September) when walkers and stallholders raised money for numerous charities and good causes. There were lots of refreshments, music courtesy of Gateway FM, a field bordered by stalls and a variety of other tents. Billericay’s Town Crier, Jim Shrubb, helped proceedings along. As usual, medals and certificates were awarded to the walkers at the finish by Hallmark volunteers.

John Baron MP said a few words of thanks to various parties including the ’Family of Volunteers’ who had been running the event since 2002, the bonus pot sponsors, Barleylands Farm, and to the Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS) which was running the event this year for the first time on behalf of The Fun Walk Trust. John and Jim then led the walk off.

Although The Fun Walk Trust (a charity) has secured £35,000 from local businesses for this year’s bonus pot, the total monies raised by the near-90 participating charities and good causes will not be known until the Presentation ceremony on 22 November 2019 when the charities will collect their bonus pot cheques. As usual, the bonus pot sponsors and local press will be invited.

John said:
“Once again this has been a tremendous team effort. Our thanks go to our ’Family of Volunteers’ for getting the Fun Walk to this great stage. But we now welcome and thank Chris Evans and his marvellous team at the BBWCVS for taking over the running of the event, and we look forward to working with them in future to build on this event even further.

Our thanks go to our bonus pot sponsors who this year are Swan Housing Group, c2c Greater Anglia, Anisha Grange Care Home, Brown & Carroll, Tunnelcraft, Leonardo MW, Star Pubs and Bars, McDonalds Restaurants Basildon, RSE Building Services and others. Their £35,000 will help many good causes.

My thanks also go to the walkers and stallholders, to the Marshalls, to the wonderful team at Barleylands, to Gateway FM, to Jim Shrubb, to the Air Cadets for parking duties, to the Essex Chordsmen for their singing, to Hallmark Care Homes for the certificates and medals, and to the BBWCVS and committee members. We now wait to see total monies raised from the charities.“

Chris Evans, BBWCVS Chief Officer, said:
“We are thrilled to help support and grow this annual event. It was super talking to the many charities represented and learning about the massive difference this event makes. Our thanks also to the Mayor of Basildon, David Burton-Sampson for his support.“


August 2019

The Fun Walk Trust announces good progress towards 8 September event - Over 80 good causes signed up and nearly £30,000 bonus monies secured

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, McDonalds 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.“


May 2019

John Baron MP welcomes BBWCVS to help with 2019 Fun Walk

MP and BBWCVS call on charities to register

This year’s annual Fun Walk is set for 8 September and again it is kindly being hosted by Barleylands Farm. Last year, the event raised £100,000 for nearly 100 charities – bringing the total raised since its inception in 2002 to £1,064,000. Due to the event’s increasing popularity, the Trustees of The Fun Walk Trust (Charity no 115626) have invited the Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS) - itself a registered charity - to help organise this year’s event.

Registration forms have now been sent to local charities, schools, community groups and other good causes asking them to register. Letters have also been sent to last year’s and potential new bonus pot sponsors – courtesy of the generosity of local businesses, each participant receives a bonus (which in 2018 added £65 to every £100 raised by participants).

The attached Factsheet explains more.

John said:
“We very much welcome the BBWCVS on board, and thank Chris Evans and his team for bringing their expertise to this increasingly popular event. We are excited about the event’s potential and, working together, hope it will now embark on its next phase of expansion to help even more charities and good causes.“

“Invitations and registration forms have been sent out by the BBWCVS. If anyone knows of a good cause or project that could benefit then please get in touch. Our contact details are 01268 294125 and email is funwalk@hotmail.co.uk. Further details are on the Fun Walk website – www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk “

Chris Evans, Chief Officer BBWCVS, said:
“We are delighted to be asked to support this popular and fun event. It is great to be working in partnership with local businesses to help grow and invest in the voluntary and community sector locally. Most importantly it will make a big difference to beneficiaries of the charities.”

Contact details are:

· Trustee Chairman: John Baron MP
· Managed by Basildon, Billericay & Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS), The George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon, Essex. SS14 2FL
· Email: funwalk@hotmail.co.uk
· Contact Number: 01268294125
· Chief Officer: Mr C. Evans


November 2018

2018 Fun Walk surpasses £1,000,000 raised since 2002

£40,000 bonus awarded to participating charities at Presentation ceremony

At their Presentation ceremony on Friday, 23 November, John Baron MP and other Trustees of The Fun Walk Trust [a registered charity] awarded bonus pot cheques to all those charities and good causes [projects] which took part in this year’s Fun Walk [at Barleylands Farm on Sunday, 2 September]. This year the bonus is 65%.

Because of the generosity of local businesses and individuals, each project receives a bonus over and above what they raise themselves in sponsorship on the day. This year, for every £100 raised by projects in sponsorship, the bonus pot added £65. The total monies raised both by the projects and bonus pot sponsors came to £100,000 – bringing the total monies raised for local causes to £1,064,000 since the Fun Walk started in 2002.

John took the opportunity to thank all those who had helped over the years to make this initiative a success, including previous bonus pot sponsors. He also gave notice that, whilst the annual walk would continue, a change of guard as to the organisation is now being planned in order carry the event forward. Next year’s walk is scheduled for 8 September.

Please see attached Factsheet and photos - more will be available shortly on our website www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk. The presentation was held at Anisha Grange Care Home, Outwood Common Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2LE by kind permission of Hallmark Care Homes Ltd.

John said:

The 2018 Fun Walk has been another huge success and brings the total monies raised for good causes since 2002 to over £1,000,000. Our thanks go to all who have helped along this journey, including our extensive family of volunteers and past and present bonus pot sponsors.”

“Our bonus pot sponsors this year were Swan Housing Association, c2c Rail, Hallmark Care Homes, Abellio Greater Anglia, Tunnelcraft Ltd, Brown & Carroll Ltd, McDonald’s Basildon, Leonardo MW Ltd, RSE Building Services Ltd, and others.”

“Our thanks also go to Barleylands Farm for hosting the Walk and to Hallmark Care Homes for hosting the presentation evening, and to the many others who have helped including Jim Shrubb, our marshals and accountants Hunt Smee and Co”

“When people kindly offer you their seat on trains and your team are soon to be Grandmothers, the time has come for fresh blood to carry the event forward. Whilst I will continue in my role, the Trustees and I are now in discussion with parties able to help.”


November 2018

Fun Walk ‘bonus’ Presentation on 23 November

Charities to receive bonus monies after another record year

The Trustees and management of The Fun Walk Trust (Charity No: 115626) will be announcing total monies raised in this year's Fun Walk event at a special Presentation on 23 November. The total will combine the monies raised by the participants themselves on the day with the bonus monies donated by businesses and individuals from across the area. The presentation will see the bonus cheques presented to the individual participants, with many of the businesses which donated into the bonus pot being present – last year, for every £100 raised by a participant, another £55 was added by local businesses.
The Presentation evening starts at 6.00 pm and should be finished at 6.45 pm. By kind permission of Hallmark Care Homes, the venue is Anisha Grange Care Home, Outwood Common Road, Billericay CM11 2LE. Drinks and small eats will be provided. Local dignitaries, Councillors and media will also be present.

John Baron MP, Chairman of the Trustees, said:

“This again has been a fantastic team effort and we look forward to presenting the bonus pot cheques to the participants. It looks to be another record year.”

“This Presentation allows the opportunity for the participating charities to thank our bonus pot sponsors. These include Swan Housing, c2c, Abellio Greater Anglia, Tunnelcraft Ltd, Brown & Carroll, Hallmark Care Homes, Leonardo, McDonald’s and RSE Building Services.”

"We also thank Hallmark Care Homes for their additional support on the day and in hosting this Presentation, and Barleylands Farm for hosting the walk and helping with the huge amount of preparation in the lead-up."


September 2018

John Baron: Bonus pot bodes well for event on 2nd September

2018 Fun Walk hits £40,000 Bonus pot

John Baron (Chairman, The Fun Walk Trust) has thanked all sponsors for contributing into this year’s Fun Walk Bonus pot, which now exceeds £40,000. The Bonus pot is a unique feature of the event each year, as it is distributed to all participating charities and projects on a pro rata basis depending on, and in addition to, the monies raised in sponsorship on the day. In 2017, for every £100 raised in sponsorship by participants on the day, a further £55 was added from the Bonus pot.

This year’s annual Fun Walk will, as usual, take place at Barleylands Farm on Sunday (2nd September), and will kick off with a BBQ at 12:00pm. A photo-shoot with the bonus pot sponsors will take place at 12:45pm after a brief ‘thank you’ has been said – all press are welcome. The Walk will start immediately afterwards at around 1.00pm and usually lasts no longer than an hour. Meanwhile, there is a field full of stalls, as the event is about raising awareness as well as money.

John said,
“It is great news that this year’s bonus pot has hit £40,000 for it bodes well for a record event on Sunday, 2nd September. Our thanks go to this year’s Bonus pot sponsors who are Swan Housing, c2c, Abellio Greater Anglia, Tunnelcraft Ltd, Brown & Carroll, Hallmark Care Homes, Leonardo, McDonald’s, RSE Building Services and others.

With nearly 100 charities and good causes now taking part, all indications are this will be another great year in both total monies raised and number of participants. It will be located as last year at Barleylands Farm, and will be clearly signposted on the day - our thanks go to their team for their support.”

It is not too late to join us and raise money for your good cause. Please phone 07544 324 218 for details and sponsorship forms."


August 2018

John Baron MP thanks Tunnelcraft Ltd for joining the 2018 Bonus Pot donors

MP: Bonus Pot exceeds £40,000

John Baron MP recently visited Tunnelcraft Ltd [a company specialising in tunnel construction] and has thanked the company for donating £5,000 to this year’s Fun Walk.

In the 2017 Fun Walk, for every £100 raised in sponsorship by the various projects themselves, the bonus pot added a further £55. The Walk is set for 2nd September, again at Barleylands Farm – a factsheet is attached.

John said:
“Our thanks go to Tunnelcraft Ltd for their generosity in donating £5,000 to this year’s Fun Walk”

“They join our growing list of donors which incudes Swan Housing, c2c, Abellio Greater Anglia, Brown & Carroll, Hallmark Care Homes, Leonardo, McDonald’s, RSE Building Services and others. In total, over £40,000 has now been promised by these businesses which is fantastic. Meanwhile, a number of other donors have still to decide how much they will contribute.”

“Our thanks also go to Barleylands Farm for hosting the walk and to Hallmark Care Homes for hosing the bonus cheque presentation on 23rd November”

John/Cormac of Tunnelcraft Ltd said:
“ Tunnelcraft are delighted to contribute to the Fun Walk 2018 and look forward to the event at Barleylands. We would like to thank John Baron for his continued support of local business. “


Summer 2018

John Baron MP: Welcomes Waitrose Community Matters volunteers to this year’s Fun Walk

MP thanks Waitrose for their offer of help

As part of the Waitrose Community Matters scheme the company have kindly offered to come along and support this year’s Fun Walk by bringing volunteers to help with organisation on the day.

John said:

“I am delighted that Waitrose have decided to join us as part of their Community Matters scheme and their commitment to supporting the local community. I’m looking forward to working with them on the day.”

Amy Stickland Branch Manager at Waitrose Billericay said:
“We are really keen to ensure we continue to play our part in the community and support those causes that matter most to local people. This year we are happy to be volunteering at The Fun Walk Trust, held at Barleylands Billericay on 2nd September”


May 2018

John Baron MP: 2018 Fun Walk Bonus Pot exceeds £30,000

MP thanks Abellio Greater Anglia, Brown & Carroll and Leonardo for joining the growing list of Bonus Pot donors.

John Baron MP today announced the Fun Walk Bonus Pot has already exceeded £30,000 and will rise further as a number of donors have yet to decide how much they will contribute. Each year, the bonus pot pays a bonus to the participating charities/projects over and above what these participants raise themselves in sponsorship.

In 2017, for every £100 raised in sponsorship by the various projects themselves, the bonus pot added a further £55. The Walk is set for 2nd September, again at Barleylands Farm – a factsheet is attached.

John said:

“The generosity of our Bonus Pot donors is appreciated by everyone. In addition to Barleylands Farm for hosting the Walk, our thanks go to Abellio Greater Anglia, Brown & Carroll and Leonardo MW Ltd for joining Billericay Football Club, c2c, Hallmark Care Homes, McDonald’s and others so far for this year’s walk. In total, over £30,000 has now been promised by these businesses which is fantastic. Meanwhile, a number of other donors have still to decide how much they will contribute.”


24th April 2018

John Baron MP: 2018 Fun Walk Bonus Pot starts well

MP thanks donors and says more still to decide their contribution

John Baron MP today announced the Fun Walk Bonus Pot has already exceeded £22,000 and will rise further as a number of donors have yet to decide how much they will contribute. Each year, the bonus pot pays a bonus to the participating charities/projects over and above what they raise themselves in sponsorship.

In 2017, for every £100 raised in sponsorship by the various projects themselves, the bonus pot added a further £55. The Walk is set for 2nd September, again at Barleylands Farm – a factsheet is attached.

John said:

“The generosity of our Bonus Pot sponsors is appreciated by everyone. In addition to Barleylands Farm for hosting the Walk, our thanks go to this year’s sponsors so far –Billericay Football Club, c2c, Hallmark Care Homes, McDonald’s and others. It has started well, with a number of other donors still to decide how much they will contribute.”


26 January 2018

John Baron calls on charities to register for the 2018 Fun Walk

MP again thanks 2017 bonus pot sponsors

John Baron MP and his Committee are now sending out invitations to local authorities, schools, community groups and other good causes asking them to register for the 2018 Fun Walk. John and his Committee organise the annual Fun Walk which, this year, will be held on 2 September, again at Barleylands Farm. As with previous years, the aim of the Fun Walk is to raise money for good causes and charities [projects], in what will be a fun afternoon for the family.

Each year the Walk goes from strength to strength, and in 2017 the Fun Walk raised £120,000 for nearly 100 projects – bringing the total raised to over £964,000 since the Fun Walk’s inception in 2002. Because of the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, each project will receive a bonus over and above what they raise themselves in sponsorship. In 2017, for every £100 raised by projects themselves in sponsorship, the bonus pot added a further £55.

Partly because of its growing popularity, the Fun Walk became a registered charity in early 2013, and is now called The Fun Walk Trust (no.1151626). The 2018 Factsheet is attached. Additional photographs of previous events can be found at Funwalk website www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk

John said:

“Our Committee is sending out invitations for the 2018 Fun Walk, so if anyone knows of a good cause or project that could benefit then please get in touch. Our contact details are 07544324218 or email funwalk@hotmail.co.uk in order to register. Further details are available at the Fun Walk website [www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk].”

“A unique feature of the Fun Walk is the bonus pot which last year added £55 to every £100 raised in sponsorship by the projects themselves. Our thanks go again to last year’s bonus pot sponsors which were Swan Housing Association, Billericay Football Club, c2c Rail Ltd, Hallmark Care Homes, Leonardo MW Ltd [formally Selex ES], Butyl Products Ltd, McDonalds Basildon, IFE Global Logistics, Mr Barrie Stone, and others. Our thanks also go to Barleylands Farm for hosting the event.”