Walk to school champ enjoys cricket prize

Oliver Glewis, eight, of Whitstable Junior School receives a signed bat from Neil Peck of WWMartin and Kent Cricket Captain Sam Billings.

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An environmentally-conscious schoolboy was guest of honour for Kent Cricket Club’s victory over Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Oliver Glewis, a Year 3 pupil at Whitstable Junior School, was mascot for the day at Canterbury’s St Lawrence Ground after winning a green travel challenge supported by Kent construction company and Kent Cricket Club sponsor WW Martin.

The challenge was organised by the KM Charity Team as part of its Wow (Walk on Wednesday) scheme, which encourages families to walk, cycle or ‘park and stride’ for the school run at least once a week.

Oliver, who walks to school every day, won a Kent Spitfires cricket shirt and a bat signed by the club’s players, and also tossed the coin to decide who would bat first.

As part of the prize, £250 worth of books will go to Whitstable Junior School, donated by WW Martin.

WW Martin director and company secretary Neil Peck joined Oliver and Kent captain Sam Billings for the toss, saying: ‘We’re really pleased to support the Wow scheme to get children fit and healthy and to teach them about road safety.’

The match took place on May 29, with Kent winning the rain-affected contest by 28 runs.

Wow encourages families to walk to school, with classes competing each week to be awarded the Green Class of the Week Trophy. A monthly inter-school green travel challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by storytellers.

The KM Charity Team’s Walk to School work is supported by Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, Orbit, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), Specsavers, Eurostar, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Whitefriars and Maidstone, Ashford, Kent, Medway and Bexley councils.

Schools have until July 1 to join the KM Charity Team’s Super Wow scheme to benefit from a 20% discount and entry into a prize draw to win 400 books. Conact Sara Clyne at sclyne@thekmgroup.co.uk or visit kmcharityteam.co.uk/wow.

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