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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.

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Ava Thomas takes on the animal agent challenge this summer

Ava signs up as animal agent for summer

Ava Thomas turned book detective for KCC's summer reading challenge. The six-year-old visited Madginford Library to pick out a stack of books to....

Top marks for charity

School staff, governors and charities from all across Kent attend the KM Charity Team Forum.

Fifty Kent causes are set to receive the KM Charity Mark to recognise the contribution they make to the county.

Enterprising new Deputy CEO for KM Charity Team

Rebecca Smith joins the KM Charity Team as Deputy CEO.

Children's educational charity the KM Charity Team have announced the exciting new appointment of Rebecca Smith as Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

A royal welcome for winners of a double challenge

Walk to school and Buster's Book Club winners and supporters at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.

Youngsters stepping out for school or stepping up with their home reading have received a royal welcome at a prize giving ceremony.

Young readers grab a ‘pizza’ the action

From left: Melissa Murdoch from Amity Fund with Anne Hardy and Ola Odeyemi from Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) receive the pizza prize to give to their winning Bookbinders group.

A group of vulnerable youngsters striving to build their literacy skills received a special delivery after clinching first place in a reading contest.

Reading bug sweeps the county

Leading participants of Buster's Book Club and key supporters announce the record reading figure for 2017 at Leeds Castle, Maidstone.

Kent families have succumbed to a reading bug and notched up a record number of minutes curled up with a good read thanks to Buster’s Book Club.

Stepping up a gear for green travel

Buster Bug, Leah Macdonald of Three R's Teacher Recruitment and teachers with Levi Hilden and Foxes Class from Charing C of E Primary School with their green class of the week trophy and Silver Blades tickets.

A primary school has relaunched their Walk on Wednesday (Wow) scheme to boost the benefits of eco-friendly travel.

Green travel heroes soar to a new height

Green travel champions: pupils, supporters, and mascot Wowzer reveal the record breaking number of cars off the road at a celebration at Leeds Castle.

Eco-friendly travel has soared to an all time high thanks to the heroic efforts of pupils taking part in the KM Walk to School campaign.

Competition offers premium prize for charities

John Cox, Jane Lawrence, and Gareth Roberts of Jelf which is offering a year's free insurance for one lucky charity as a competition prize.

The KM Charity Team has teamed up with Jelf Insurance Brokers to run a competition giving good causes the chance to win free insurance for 12 months.

KM editors search for charities to champion

Geraldine Allinson encourages good causes to apply to be KM Charity of the Year.

Good causes of any size will have the chance to shine as the KM Group’s newspaper editors look for causes to champion as Charity of the Year 2018.

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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