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Working with KM Group, the Kent and Medway Charity Team organises a range of activities to help the charitable sector with its fundraising and supports initiatives to promote health and wellbeing, particularly amongst primary school children.

Below you can find out about what is going on around the county to help others.

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Langton Green Primary School's walking bus launch with Emily Geeson from Countrystyle Recycling, left, and walking bus coordinator Ellie Ryan, right.

Green by name, green by nature

Parking pain could be a thing of the past for Langton Green Primary School thanks to the creation of a walking bus.

Star Young Cook wows VIPs

Charlotte Fife, 15, from Invicta Grammar, serves Cllr Malcolm Greer, mayor of Maidstone, at the Young Cooks VIP luncheon.

A fifteen year-old cookery champ made a prize winning meal on Friday at a VIP luncheon for food industry experts and the mayor of Maidstone.

Green Champions for the win

Twenty-five schools will receive places on the KM Charity Team's Green Champions scheme thanks to a windfall from the Aviva Community Fund.

From mighty machines to top teachers

Sherene Garvin-Mack (with mascot Duggy) of Diggerland which is supporting the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018.

Home of heavy plant machinery the Diggerland theme park has lent its weight to the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018.

Barclays doubles funds for charity quiz

Andy Hunt and team celebrate Barclays' pledge to match funds raised for charity at the KM Big Quiz, which is now open for booking.

Bountiful bankers will equal the generosity of competitors at the KM Big Charity Quiz on Friday, March 9.

Teacher awards reveal celebrity supporters

Steven Holdcroft, Assistant Director of Enrolment Management Services at the University of Kent, joins staff to unveil the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards celebrity flyer that will be used to promote the 2018 event.

Big names from the worlds of sport, entertainment, and books are backing the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018.

Brought to book with a bang

Year 7 pupils at Community College Whitstable have embraced the home reading scheme Buster's Book Club.

Enthusiastic young readers from the Community College Whitstable have helped the county smash a one million-minute reading target in its first term.

£1,000 prize draw for charities

Andy Hunt of Barclays with Punit Patel and David Moorman of Specsavers at last year's Medway heat of the KM Big Charity Quiz which raised £8,000.

Good causes have the chance to get a piece of the action at the KM Big Charity Quiz on Friday, March 9.

Teacher awards are open for business

Rob Sellers from Kreston Reeves which is backing the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018.

From finance to facilities, a school's business manager is a master of many trades – so why not nominate yours for a Kent Teacher of the Year Award?

Help for disabled kids thanks to generous Jelf

John Cox from Jelf and Danielle Otto of the Fresh Hope charity.

A Saturday club for children with disabilities will benefit from extra cash and expert financial advice after winning a countywide competition.

Charity news

Maidstone Day Centre launch of You Can Help campaign. Jerry Davies and David Holland. Picture: Matthew Walker FM4998670

You Can Help

The Kent Messenger is teaming up with Homeless Care to collect food and other useful items to support vulnerable people.


This shop can't wait for Black Friday to arrive

Shoppers in Ashford could be excused for feeling confused as a charity store offers them the chance to cash in on Black Friday bargains a day early.


Hospital radio in need of £16k studio overhaul

Chairman and presenter Phil Royce at the mixing desk

Some things may get better with age – like wine, scotch and George Clooney – but the same cannot be said for broadcasting equipment.

£25,000 grant for children’s charity


A children’s charity has received a huge donation after winning an unprecedented public vote.

Food banks in crisis as benefit cuts bite

Food bank stock ready to be handed out

Emergency food suppliers are facing huge strains - with a change in the law leaving some families in Kent up to £1,500 a year worse off.


Rare first edition clocks up £2,000 for charity

The book found in the charity's recycling bin

A book found in a charity shop recycling bin has fetched £2,000 at auction.

First year success for charity art store

Darren Johnston and Sabby Kaur in the shop

A charity shop with a difference is celebrating a successful first year in Gravesend High Street.

KAB's talking news service

Two of the volunteers recording at KAB's Maidstone office

If you or someone you know has a sight impairment this service could be really useful for them.

KAB clubs around the county

There are plenty of clubs on offer around Kent for those with a sight impairment. We dropped in on one of them.

We are the champions!

Janet Rice from Derbyshire, Lyn Chapman, her sister, and a member of the Tuesdays and Juliette Calnan, Lyn's neighbour take part in the Big Sing Picture courtesy: Stuart Kirk

Choir's sing-song of Queen's greatest hits raises a whopping £5,000 for the Pilgrims Hospices.

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