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KM Charity of the Year status ‘invaluable’ for good causes

ByKentOnline reporter

Good causes have less than two months left to submit applications to become KM Group charities of the year for 2020.

KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson promoting the charity of the year scheme
KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson promoting the charity of the year scheme

Each of the group’s newspaper editors is looking for a charity to champion in 2020, and the company’s digital and broadcast services, KMTV, kmfm and KentOnline, will also choose one cause between them.

Kent Online has more than 2 million browsers every month, while kmfm has 230,000 weekly listeners.

The selected cause will also be supported by the KM Charity Team via its collaborative fundraising events, which include the KM Big Bike Ride, the KM Colour Run and spring and winter abseils.

And all good causes that submit Charity of the Year applications will also be eligible for KM Charity Team Charity Mark status, which they will then be able to display in all their communications resources.

KM Charity Team founder Simon Dolby said: “Nothing is more valuable to a charity than having their local KM editor championing their cause for a year.

“And if you aren’t chosen as a charity of the year, submitting an application is never a waste of time or resources.

“All organisations that do apply will be eligible for the Kent Charity Mark, which can serve as a valuable endorsement of your work and reputation in your fundraising and communications campaigns.”

The deadline for submitting applications is October 27, and charity of the year status runs for the calendar yearfrom January to December.

The current KM Group charities of the year are:

• Kentish Express and Folkestone & Hythe Express: Stroke Association

• Dartford and Gravesend Messenger: Riverside Active Lives Network

• Kent Messenger: Royal British Legion Industries

• Medway Messenger: The Net Community Hub

• Sheerness Times Guardian: Sheppey Sea Cadets

• Sittingbourne News Extra: Meadowfield School

• Thanet Extra: Changing Minds

• Kentish, Herne Bay and Whitstable Gazette and Faversham News: Eva’s Angels

• East Kent, Dover and Sandwich Mercury: The RNLI

• KentOnline, KMTV and KMFM: Victim Support.

Find out more and make nominations here. Alternatively, contact the KM Charity Team on 0844 264 0291.

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