Charities gear up to take part in the September Virtual Fun Walk 2020

Cheque presentation at Quilters Junior School

Nearly 80 organisations have now registered to take part in next month’s Virtual Fun Walk with participants able to walk the distance anytime during the month to raise money for their favourite charity or local good cause.

Many of the organisation are regular participants including Quilters Junior School, Changing Pathways, Brighter Opportunities for Special People (BOSP) and Special Needs and Parents (SNAP).

In 2019 Quilters Junior School, in Billericay, with support from waste firm Simply, raised over £7,000 through the Fun Walk. When asked about this year’s event, Head Teacher Michael Wade, said:

"This September, we have invited the whole school community to take place in this year’s Fun Walk virtually. We are hopeful that 100s of people will take part, far more than in past years!"

Changing pathways raised £7,500 last year and used the funds to support victims of domestic violence. Talking about this year’s event, Natasha Jean-Louis, Team Manager at Changing Pathways, said

"It has been an extremely difficult time during Covid but we have been providing a full service and adding extra support due to the demand. Participating in The Fun Walk will enable us continue with the much-needed Children and Young People’s services within our crisis refuge."

BOSP Community Fundraiser Helen Diddams, said

"We cannot overestimate how important this yearly event is to our small Charity, not just in terms of the funds it raises but as an inclusive activity that gets everyone moving"

It will be SNAP’s 6th year as a recipient charity of The Fun Walk. Christina Stubbs, Director – Finance and Fundraising said

"Thanks to the generosity of The Fun Walk Trust we have raised a fantastic £23,314 over those years. These funds have helped us to be there for the ever increasing number of families seeking our assistance."

John Baron MP, Chair of The Fun Walk Trust Trustees, said:

"We are delighted so many organisations return to the event each year and we are especially grateful for this year’s sponsors who are Swan Housing Association, Tunnelcraft, IFE Global Logistics, Anisha Grange Care Home, Butyl Products Group, Leonardo MW, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon and others."

The event will be open through the whole month of September so it’s not too late to register at www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk