The Crowdfunding campaign was to raise funds to support casual workers who were unable to work and gain access to financial support from the government, in a period that would normally be the busiest time of their year.
Thanks to the generosity of residents and businesses in the borough - the 'Keep the Lights On' initiative reached its appeal target of £25,000 by raising a total of £25,130 from 111 donators.
The Mayor of Basildon, Councillor David Burton-Sampson, said: "I have to say a massive thank you to each and every person who has donated to this important cause. To raise £25,130 at a time like this is a testament to the warmth and graciousness of the Basildon community.
"It shows how much the residents and businesses of our borough appreciate the work of our bar, pub and restaurant staff, and understands the difficult situation those workers find themselves in at the moment.
"100% of the funds raised via the crowdfunding appeal will go to casual workers in the hospitality industry living in the Basildon borough."
Details on how to apply for the fund will be released next week (Applications closed 21 February 2021).
Published on Thursday 28 January 2021