£20,000 raised at KM Charity Walk

Kent and Medway walkers were going for gold on Sunday raising £20,000 at the record breaking 20th anniversary KM Charity Walk.

Shayne Brown, facilities manager at Mote House, starts the big walk. 2015 was the 20th anniversary of the KM Charity Walk.  More than 400 walkers took part raising £20k. More than 20 charities used the event to raise funds for themselves.

Shayne Brown, facilities manager at Mote House, starts the KM Charity Walk 2015.

More than 400 participants stepped out for 20 good causes with walkers donning yellow or gold clothing in keeping with the anniversary theme.

The fundraising total has smashed last year’s event which raised £4,500.

Charities getting a welcome funding boost included Kent Scouts, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Porchlight, Pilgrims Hospices, Kent Search and Rescue, British Lung Foundation, Kent Lung Awareness Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Heart of Kent Hospice.

Friends, families, rambling groups and business teams from across the county took part for their favourite charities. The oldest participant was 78 year old Allen Earn from Sittingbourne and the youngest was four year old Alyssa Yeung from Thanet.

Darth Vader joins staff from the Margate and Ramsgate branches of Specsavers. The firm was headline sponsor of the KM Charity Walk.  2015 was the 20th anniversary of the KM Charity Walk.  More than 400 walkers took part raising £20k. More than 20 charities used the event to raise funds for themselves.

Darth Vader joins staff from the Margate and Ramsgate branches of Specsavers. The firm was headline sponsor of the KM Charity Walk 2015.

The best fancy dress award went to the Triumph for Tomas team of Medway who dressed as minions from the film Despicable Me.

Grade II listed Georgian mansion Mote House in Maidstone provided the start and end point for the five and 10 mile circular routes.

A garden party with barbeque and live music in the mansion’s grounds entertained the walkers after they collected their medals and goody bags at the finish line.

Event organiser Sophie Wallace of the KM Charity Team thanked Specsavers, Cotswold Outdoor Maidstone, Maidstone Ramblers, Mote House and Warburtons for backing the event.

Joan Adams, Gail Burford and Pat Cameron from Chatham took part to support Motor Nurone Disease research. 2015 was the 20th anniversary of the KM Charity Walk.  More than 400 walkers took part raising £20k. More than 20 charities used the event to raise funds for themselves.

Joan Adams, Gail Burford and Pat Cameron from Chatham took part in the KM Charity Walk to support Motor Nurone Disease research.

She added: “The day had a fantastic atmosphere with a large turnout of happy walkers supporting many good causes across the county including our own.

“I’d particularly like to thank Del Cook and Ray Golland from the Maidstone Ramblers who have been a huge support in planning and running a very successful day.”

Click HERE to view photographs of the event on this website’s Event Gallery.

Organisations interested in finding out about sponsorship packages for the 2016 walk should contact Simon Dolby on 07989 164 752 or sdolby@thekmgroup.co.uk.

Other popular events run by the KM Charity Team now open for booking include the KM Assault Course Challenge on October 3.

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