Platinum schools praised for green campaign

Sponsors and delegates at the KM Charity Team Forum.

Sponsors and delegates at the KM Charity Team Forum.

Schools, PTAs and charities learned how to maximise their fundraising work and green travel schemes at our biggest-ever KM Charity Team Forum.

Almost 200 delegates attended the event at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard on Thursday to benefit from six targeted workshops.

During the day, eight environmentally-minded schools were rewarded for their commitment to the KM’s walk to school scheme.

The Platinum Pledge certificate was awarded to Maidstone’s St Francis Catholic Primary, Medway’s Maundene Primary, Swale’s St Peter’s Catholic Primary, Folkestone’s Christ Church Academy, Gravesham’s Stone St Mary’s Primary and Riverview Junior, and the Weald’s Benenden CE Primary and Bishops Down Primary.

Walk to school project officer Katie McDaniel said: “Awards can be earned at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels with additional accolades for schools that support specific schemes such as walking bus.

“Platinum awards go to schools that have agreed to take part in Walk on Wednesday (WOW) or Active Bug for three years.”

The Forum was also aimed at helping charities boost their fundraising and public-awareness through use of the KM Charity Team’s varied year-round calendar of brain and brawn challenges, which can be used to generate sponsorship.

Delegates networked with representatives of KCC and Medway Borough Council, plus sponsors from the local business community including Reeves, Golding Homes, Orbit, Leeds Castle, and The Co-operative.

Medway’s Safer Journeys Officer, James Sutton, said: “The walk to school workshops went particularly well, and the KM Charity Team Forum only seems to improve each year.”
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