Every Child Online, an Essex based start-up charity, who this year has donated over half a million pounds worth of refurbished computers to schools, and partners BBC Essex, whose Make a Difference Give a Laptop appeal has seen over four hundred of its listeners donate nearly six hundred of their preloved laptops to every child online, has announced a major fundraising event on Saturday, August 14th, at the grounds of Parsonage Farm, Kelvedon Hatch in Brentwood, Essex.

The event, called The BIG Return, will host two sponsored running events, with a village fair running alongside them.

  • THE BIG FOREST RUN is an exciting obstacle course through acres of beautiful woodland, a fun event for kids 6+ and their brave parents.
  • THE BIG 5K OBSTACLE RUN is a fun and exhilarating run for teens and adults. Prepare to get muddy and wet running these unique obstacles, run as a team or at your own pace.
  • THE VILLAGE CELEBRATION continues for runners and non-runners with great local music, great food, market stalls, games and a drink or two!

Mike Tarbard, the event organiser and Co-Founder of Every Child Online, comments. “We have organised The BIG Return to fundraise for Every Child Online, to celebrate the easing of lockdown and to thank businesses and local community for their support during this pandemic”. “Every Child Online aims to carry on refurbishing PCs and Laptops donated by UK businesses”, Mike continues. “We have been able to swap out entire classrooms full of outdated computers with refurbished, much higher-spec devices, all donated by business owners and IT Managers. This will have a huge impact on a school’s ability to utilise modern teaching apps and communication platforms”.

The BIG Return is an event for family and friends to come together again and celebrate a return to family fun, a return to enjoying outdoors, a return to live music, to street food, to beer tents, a return to running in the mud and climbing, swinging and sliding about.

The popular radio station BBC Essex will be attending the BIG Return on August 14th; guest DJ will be live on stage and they may even broadcast from theevent to its listeners across Essex.

If you would like to participate in The BIG Return, visit www.thebigreturn.co.uk, where you can watch video examples of the running events and purchased your tickets. Early Bird Discount ends June 16th use Voucher code TBR2021 to receive 15% OFF your running tickets. If you are a business and would like to promote your products or services on a stall apply at hello@thebigreturn.co.uk