History of the KM Charity Team

The Kent and Medway Charity Team was founded in 2000 with the aim of supporting and promoting green travel to school and health and wellbeing initiatives. At the start the organisation was called the Kent and Medway Walking Bus Group and it was a Club and Society. It became a registered charity is 2004 and changed its name and logo in 2009 to reflect the broader range of services delivered.

kmctavidaToday green travel to school and children’s health and wellbeing is still at the heart of the charity’s activities but now it has a widened remit delivering other services to support schools – and also to provide support to PTA groups and charities to support their fundraising.

The charity works alongside the KM Group, Kent’s biggest multi-media publisher, to support the organisation’s charitable work whenever the objectives of the two organisations are shared.

Services for schools

  • Walk to school – including walking bus, Walk on Wednesday and Green Footsteps.
  • KM Kent Cooks, our children’s Masterchef-style event.
  • Buster’s Book Club – an initiative to promote literacy levels and encourage reading.
  • Kent Teacher of the Year Awards
  • Kent Literacy Awards
  • Green School Awards
  • Walk to School Song Contest


Services for charities and good causes

  • KM Charity of the Year selection process
  • KM Treasure Chest
  • Training courses


Fundraising support for PTA groups and charities

The KM Charity Team stages a range of collaborative events that any good cause can use to support their fundraising. These include:

  • KM Abseil Challenge
  • KM Dragon Boat Race
  • KM Assault Course Challenge
  • KM Big Bike Ride
  • KM Charity Walk
  • KM Colour Run

Please explore this website to discover more about our work or phone 0844 2640291 (lo-call) or email kmcharityteam@thekmgroup.co.uk  Sign up to the KM Link e-newsletter.


Stories for Members

Charity to move home

The KM Charity Team will be moving offices over the summer following the decision of KM Media Group to move the bulk of its east Kent operations to Ashford. With the majority of the educational charity’s staff living in the Canterbury district the decision has been made to...
Posted On 17 Jun 2017

Food bank benefits from bike ride leftovers

  Canterbury Food Bank was an unexpected beneficiary of the highly successful KM Big Bike Ride. Boxes of bananas left over from the food stops used by the riders along the 100km route were donated to Canterbury Foodbank after the event. KM Charity Team staff took the food...
Posted On 26 Apr 2017

KM Year of Walking to champion green travel to school

The KM Group will name 2018 as their Year of Walking to help support the KM Charity Team  over the coming 12 months. This will give walking and wellbeing a higher profile through the media company, with three strands of the charity’s work showcased – the walk to...
Posted On 24 Mar 2017