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Fun for all the family at charity walk

With a barbecue, live music, and a scavenger hunt and a crafting workshop organised by the Kent Wildlife Trust, families are guaranteed a fun-packed day at the KM Charity Walk later this month.

Headcorn Primary staff and pupils with their entry for the inaugural Ted's Scarecrow Challenge at the KM Charity Walk (11640684)
Headcorn Primary staff and pupils with their entry for the inaugural Ted's Scarecrow Challenge at the KM Charity Walk (11640684)

The event takes place on Sunday, June 23, meaning there’s still time to book tickets but people need to act fast to ensure they don’t miss out.

There is a choice of 10 and five-mile routes, starting and finishing in Audley Mote House, where participants can also enjoy a scarecrow trail organised with the help of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club.

The club has collected in the region of 25 entries from schools and youth groups for the inaugural Ted’s Scarecrow Challenge.

Rotary members will place them in Mote Park for a special trail that will be part of the walk, and challenge participants will vote to decide which is the best, with £150 going to the most popular.

A panel of judges will also award £100 to their favourite scarecrow.

The scarecrows collected include entries from Molehill Primary Academy in Maidstone, Leeds and Kingswood Beavers and Headcorn Primary.

The Rotary club will also be providing 25 volunteers to help with marshalling for the walk.

Explaining the club’s support for the challenge, Rotary Riverside secretary Norman Springett said it provided a chance to reach out to potential new members as well as being a valuable fundraising opportunity for good causes in the county.

And he said he hoped as many people as possible took part, adding: “It’s a popular event. It’s a great event for the family.

“There’s a long walk and a shorter walk, so it hopefully will cater for all kinds of walkers.

“And it’s a good way for people to raise money for and publicise their own charities.”

The route takes walkers out to Leeds Castle and back, and participants will be able to relax afterwards with a barbecue provided by Audley Mote House and live music courtesy of the Acoustic Tones at the finish back at Mote Park.

People can take part either to raise money for their favourite good causes or simply to have a fun day out.

The cost of the walk is £11.50 for adults for online bookings, and £15 otherwise. There is a £1.50 discount when using the code KMNews19. Children go free.

In addition to Maidstone Riverside Rotary, Audley Mote House and the Kent Wildlife Trust, the walk is supported by headline partner Specsavers and Benenden Hospital Trust, Maidstone Ramblers, Simply Ice Cream, the Woodstove Trading Company, the Wellbeing People and Stronger Kent Communities.

See kmcharitywalk.co.uk for bookings and further information.

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