The Story So Far
John Baron, the Member of Parliament for Basildon and Billericay, started the Fun Walk with his team in 2002 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
In 2013 the Fun Walk became a registered Charity, and it is now officially known as The Fun Walk Trust (Registered Charity number: 1151626).
John continues his active role with the charity as Chair of the Trustees.
The Fun Walk Trust organises the annual walk, normally held at Barleylands Farm, Billericay, leaving organisations free to focus on raising sponsorship money and enjoying 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.
The BONUS POT is a unique feature of The Fun Walk and is donated by generous local businesses and individuals. In 2002, the first Fun Walk raised £6,000 for six charities and projects.
For 2020, in the light of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the recognition that local charities and good causes needed our help more than ever, we made the decision to change to a Virtual Fun Walk and raised £103,000 for local Charities and good causes – bringing the total raised to £1,272,000 since the Fun Walk’s inception.
Given the continuing situation we plan to stay virtual for 2021. Organisations will be invited to register for the virtual event, with their supporters able to walk the distance (2k or 5k) anytime during the month.