A CHARITY fun walk which continued to be a success despite the Covid-19 pandemic will see more than double the amount of people take part this year.

The Fun Walk has managed to persevere through the Covid-19 pandemic by taking the event virtual, with runners and walkers from across the borough taking on their own distances to raise money for charities.

Last year, more than 1,000 runners took part in the event.

However, this year’s virtual walk being held throughout September will see more than 2,300 supporters taking part, with more than 90 charities supporting it.

The event is organised by The Fun Walk Trust, a registered charity, with Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron being chair of the trustees.

Since it first began in 2002, more than £1.2million has been raised for charities.

One of the newcomers to this year’s event is community interest company Zedgeneration CIC, which advises with issues such as social housing and education.

Rani Moorcroft, managing director of the firm, said: “We are joining the Fun Walk this year for the first time to raise money to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds become active local and global citizens.

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“Together, tackling issues like climate change, and post pandemic effects on education, employment, health we’ll empower them to succeed.”

John Baron said: “Many charities use this as a key funding event for the year, and we have a ‘Bonus Pot’ ready to distribute, courtesy of our wonderful businesses who have pledged nearly £25,000.

“They include Brown and Carroll, Swan New Homes, Anisha Grange Care Home, Butyl Products, IFE Global Logistics, Leonardo MW, Tunnelcraft, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon and others.”

He added: “There is still time for charities, schools and churches, grass roots sports teams and other community interest groups to participate.”

Register at www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk.