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

Parents fail to see link between reading for pleasure and improved literacy

Parents in the Canterbury district have taken part in a survey to assess their views on reading. The 550 parents who took part in the survey all have children at schools that have only just started using the KM Charity Team’s flagship reading scheme, Buster’s Book...

Charity unveils identity for expansion

The KM Charity Team will trade under the name School Inspirational Services outside of its Kent heartland. While its KM-look logo has been a key element to the charity’s success story within the county, outside of Kent a brand that sums up the innovative educational...
Posted On 16 Feb 2017

Charity’s leaders honoured by city council

The Chairman and Chief Executive of the KM Charity Team have been awarded the status of Aldermen of Canterbury City Council. At a meeting of the full council on 19 January, 2017, Martin Vye, current Chairman of the educational charity, and Simon Dolby, the charity’s founder...
Posted On 20 Jan 2017