A TORY MP has thanked hundreds of people who supported his annual fun walk to raise cash for charities.

The event, renamed the Jubilee Walk in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, was the 11th such event to take part at Barleylands in Barleylands Road, Billericay.

When the walk began, in 2002, just six charities took part and £6,000 was raised.

However, this year more than 100 good causes were represented at the event on Sunday, and they will get a share of a £42,000 bonus pot – the biggest in the event’s history, as well as cash they raised from their own sponsorship.

John Baron, Tory MP for Billericay and Basildon, who organised the walk, said: “The jubilee walk was the best yet.

“More than 800 people did the walk on behalf of more than 100 charities.

“It was a tremendous effort. The barn full of stalls also helped to raise awareness as well as money.

“As ever, thanks go to the fun walk committee, Team Handsome for a fantastic barbecue, and the lovely ladies.

Essex Police and numerous marshals and councillors also helped to ensure the walk went smoothly.

“Everyone was spurred on by a record-sized bonus pot generously donated by local businesses and individuals.

“Our thanks go to Swan Housing Association, NYSE Euronext, Veolia, c2c Rail, Toomey Motors, Hallmark Care Homes, Ford Motor Company, Stock Brook Country Club, Bellway Homes, Selex Galileo, Greater Anglia, Barrie Stone, and others – including Barleylands Farm for hosting the event.”