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Essex Fun Walk gives boost to local charities

7th June 2024
Posted by Aston Avery

The Fun Walk Trustees had the pleasure of visiting the BCCS offices in Billericay last week following an invitation from Community Engagement Officer Damian Dillon, to see how the funding provided by the Fun Walk Trust is being used. The trustees were delighted to meetwith the BCCS team and to be shown around their wonderful facilities being used to support Essex children.

Damian Dillon said:

“BCCS is committed to supporting a future where children and young people have a voice that is heard, enabling them to access the best possible mental health support. In recognition of our 40th anniversary this year, we will be holding a number of walks during the summer months in support of children’s mental health. The Fun Walk Trust has helped us boost our fundraising by means of their generous Bonus pot, and has been an important source of funding for us over the last 8+ years.”

Special Needs and Parents (SNAP), is a local charity that has also been part of the Fun Walk for nearly a decade. Fiona Townsend, Fundraising Officer for SNAP said:

“Support from the Fun Walk Bonus Pot helps us continue to be there for more than 4,000 Essex Families. Thanks to the Fun Walk Team and the companies that generously contribute, families can continue to rely on a variety of therapeutic and developmental sessions for children and young people with an additional need or disability. We are looking forward to this year’s event and we hope to encourage even more of our supporters to get involved.”

The Fun Walk invites Essex charities or local community groups to register for the September Fun Walk, to raise money for their projects. The sponsored walks can happen anytime during September and at any location chosen by the charity or community group.

John Baron, Chair of Trustees, said:

“Like BCCS and SNAP, many charities and good causes are not just benefitting from raising funding through their own sponsorship efforts, but also from The Fun Walk Trust’s Bonus Pot which last year topped-up sponsorship monies by 40%. Each year local businesses and individuals donate into the Bonus Pot and this year, so far, they include Greater Anglia, Brown & Carroll, Butyl Products Group, Tunnelcraft, IFE Global Logistics, Swan Housing Group, RIS Group, Mr Barrie Stone and others.”

For more information, please visit the Fun Walk website: www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk.