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So much to do at midsummer walk

ByKentOnline reporter

Families and lovers of the great outdoors have less than two weeks left to guarantee their participation in the KM Charity Walk.

Walkers relaxing after last year's event (12143017)
Walkers relaxing after last year's event (12143017)

The fun and accessible challenge event will take participants through the beautiful Kent countryside between Mote Park and Leeds Castle.

Also offering entertainment and refreshments including a barbecue laid on by Audley Mote House, live music courtesy of Kent band the Acoustic Tones, delicious treats provided by Simply Ice Cream, a craft session and scavenger hunt organised by the Kent Wildlife Trust, and a fun scarecrow challenge, the event provides a fantastic excuse for friends, families and walkers to spend some quality time together.

Ted’s Scarecrow Challenge has been organised with the support of Maidstone Riverside Rotary Club and Cranbrook business Bumbles Plant Centre.

Approximately 25 scarecrows made by schools and youth clubs have been collected for the trail, and cash prizes worth a total of £250 will be presented to two entries chosen by walkers taking part in the challenge and a special team of judges.

The walk takes place on Sunday, June 23, with a choice of 10 and five-mile routes, starting and finishing at Audley Mote House.

Money generated will go to charities nominated by walkers, and used to help fund the KM Charity Team’s child-literacy, green-travel and road-safety work.

But there’s no fundraising obligation, and people can take part just to have a great day out.

Explaining his business’s support for the event, Bumbles owner Will Homewood said: “Bumbles is a communal hub in this part of Kent, and we just try to be involved with as much as possible that gives back and helps Kent as a county and the local community.

“It’s important for us all as a community if everybody gives a little bit and makes the effort where they can, and if you can have a good time while giving something back then all the better.”

The cost is £15 for adult online bookings, but there is a £1.50 discount when using the code KMNews19. Children go free.

The walk is also supported by headline partner Specsavers, and Maidstone Riverside Rotary, Benenden Hospital Trust, the Woodstove Trading Company, the Wellbeing People and Stronger Kent Communities.

See kmcharitywalk.co.uk.

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