At a special celebration evening last week attended by many local charities and community groups, John Baron MP, shared that with the 2023 annual walk, the Fun Walk has now reached a phenomenal milestone, as the total raised since it was founded in 2002 has now exceeded £1.5 million.
This year’s Fun Walk raised over £85,000 with an estimated 2,000 supporters taking part in sponsored walks across Essex. The funds will be used for a wide variety of local charities and good causes including those supporting young people, mental health, disability, environmental, educational, community sporting and advocacy groups.
John Baron MP and Chair of the Fun Walk Trustees said:
“I’d like to congratulate all of the Fun Walk participants who have taken the time to fundraise for their local charities and community groups. £1.5 million is a huge achievement and we are so pleased and proud to have reached this milestone.
“We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of local businesses, whose donations this year allowed us to pay a 40% bonus over and above the money each organisation raised themselves. Our 2023 sponsors include Swan Housing, IFE Global Logistics, Greater Anglia, Reactive Integrated Services, Anisha Grange Care Home, Butyl Products Group, Tunnelcraft, Mr Barrie Stone and others.”
SNAP Fundraising Assistant Fiona Townsend said:
“Thank you so much for the bonus SNAP will be receiving from the Trust. It really is appreciated. We are already excited and looking forward to getting involved again next year.”
Sophie Ede, Chief Executive Officer Hearing Help said:
“Thank you so much for enabling us to organise this fundraising event – we had a great time completing the walk again this year, and are hugely grateful to you for the opportunity.“
BATIAS Advocacy Manager, Kate Knight said:
“Thank you to everyone at the Fun Walk that organises this event every year. It is such a valuable resource for some of the smallest charities.”
For more information, please visit the Fun Walk website: www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk