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Welcome to our Charities page - bringing communities together.

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.

KM Charity team

Lindsay Bonner of Office Angels and Naomi Hayden of Hallett & Co join event partners to unveil the Eurostar voucher that will be won at the KM Big Charity Quiz.

Get away from it all with the KM Big Charity Quiz

One lucky quiz-goer will have the chance to bag a pair of Eurostar tickets with the exciting 'Win in 10' game so start planning your dream mini break!

Literacy Awards judging panel reaches verdict

Judges are in session: the Kent Literacy Awards 2017 panel.

Champions of literacy have gathered to select the best initiatives in schools boosting pupils’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Pizza night prize for Bookbinders participants

Struggling adult readers have a tasty challenge to get their teeth into this week thanks to the Bookbinders literacy initiative.

Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2017

All winners and key partners of the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2017 at Mercure Great Danes Hotel, Ashford.

The best teachers, support staff, and school volunteers the county has to offer have been revealed - are any of them from your school?

Charity smashes target for green travel

John Cox, Jane Lawrence and Gareth Roberts of Jelf, a key partner of the KM Charity Team.

Residents can breathe more easily thanks to the huge success of the KM Walk to School campaign which has smashed its green travel target.

Reading scheme breaks all records

Alison Rudland (right) and Specsavers staff encourage Maidstone parents to read more with their children.

Children using an innovative reading scheme have set a new record for the amount of minutes recorded.

Don’t miss the boat, sign up to race the dragon

Jessica Pearmine of Kent Reliance calls for entries to the KM Dragon Boat Race 2017.

The race is on for teams to secure a place at the KM Dragon Boat Race on Sunday, July 2 as 50 boats have already been snapped up.

Final call for book reviews

Phil Gallagher aka Mister Maker from the CBeebies television show with KM Charity Team mascot Ted the Bear.

Youngsters still have the chance to win exciting prizes for writing a creative review of their favourite read before the deadline of Friday, May 19.

Flash Sale for knockout team building challenge

The Cornwallis It's a Knockout Challenge will put teams of between eight and 10 people through a dozen foam-filled challenges

A flash sale announced today is offering a £100 discount for Kent businesses booking a team building day at the Cornwallis It’s A Knockout Challenge.

Brainteasers, banter and big prizes at the KM Big Charity Quiz

Rebecca Naylor of Ashford International Hotel launches the KM Big Charity Quiz with key partners Hallett and Co, Specsavers, Office Angels, and East Kent Hospitals Charity.

Do you know your Mastermind from MasterChef? Then book a team for the bumper quiz event of the year and start swotting up on your trivia knowledge.

Charity news

Food bank stock ready to be handed out

Food banks in crisis as benefit cuts bite

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.

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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.

Seeing a way to helping those in need

KAB team including Fran Smith, centre

A key team is on hand to help those dealing from sight issues - from the moment they are diagnosed.

KM Charity of the Year announced

Kent Association for the Blind has been named as KentOnline and KMTV's charity of the year.

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Ashford's Big Quiz night was a record-breaker

The winning Stargating across the Quizziverse team receive the KM Big Charity Quiz trophy from sponsors David Fifield of Hallett and Co and Jamie Wynn of Specsavers

A whopping 40 teams took part in the event at the Stour Centre that raised a massive £7,000 for charity.

Good enough to eat!

Cakes being served at The Mall

Maidstone is celebrating Macmillan's annual coffee morning with a host of sweet treats

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