KM Charity of the Year winners

Kirsty Durrant-Tye of Riverside Active Lives Network, centre, with other winners of KM Charity of the Year 2019.

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Editors at the KM Group have picked the causes they will champion throughout 2019.

The charities have been selected by editors leading every aspect of the multimedia group’s operations, from newspaper, internet and TV.

The only newspaper still to declare is the Thanet Extra which will choose from entries via KM Charity of the Year and nominations received through the Thanet Community Awards.

KM Charity of the Year runs for the calendar year so each selected cause will meet their editor pre-Christmas to start planning press coverage for 2019.

Last week, the causes were briefed by Simon Dolby from the KM Charity Team which administrates the application process for the KM Charity of the Year initiative.

Mr Dolby said: “I’d like to thank all of the good causes that entered Charity of the Year. The choice facing editors was extremely tough with a wide variety of excellent causes nominated.

“But even if you were not selected, your efforts were not wasted. Now, your local newspaper editor is more familiar with your work and will bear you in mind another year.

“You can also sign up for our charity pack and charity newsletter and benefit from access to the same fundraising events as these winners will enjoy.”

To receive news alerts for KM Charity of the Year and details of other support for charities and PTA groups, sign up for the KM Charity Team’s monthly e-newsletter Inspire.  Visit to find out more.

KM Charity of the Year 2019 selected causes

Ashford (Kentish Express): Stroke Association

Dartford, Gravesend (Messenger): Riverside Active Lives Network

Maidstone (Kent Messenger): Royal British Legion Industries

Medway towns (Medway Messenger): The Net Community Hub

 Sheerness Times Guardian: Sheppey Sea Cadets

Sittingbourne (Messenger, News Extra): Meadowfield School

Thanet (Thanet Extra): [To be confirmed]

Canterbury district (Kentish Gazette): Eva’s Angels

Deal, Dover (East Kent Mercury): RNLI

KentOnline / KMTV / KMFM (Kent-wide): Victim Support

Chloe Braidford of Stroke Association, centre, and fellow winners of KM Charity of the Year 2019.

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