Impact of Inspire Schools

As the charity approaches its 20th anniversary the impact figures for its first 19 years are:

  • 7 million green healthy journeys generated by the charity’s walk to school initiatives.
  • 30 million minutes recorded through its reading reward schemes.
  • £1 million raised for good causes and charities through its collaborative fundraising challenges.
  • 17,000 children passing one of the charity’s bronze, silver and gold road safety skill tests.
  • 6,600 nominations submitted for Kent Teacher of the Year Awards.

History of Inspire Schools

The charity Inspire Schools was founded in 2000 by Kent journalist Simon Dolby 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 Kent and Medway Charity Team (KM Charity Team) to reflect the broader range of services delivered.

In September 2018 it changed its name to Inspire Schools Educational Foundation as it began expanding into London and the south east. KM Charity Team is still the main brand used by the organisation within Kent but outside of this area Inspire Schools is the only branding used.

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.

In Kent 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 – hence using the KM Charity Team brand.

In Sussex the charity works alongside Johnston Press (Sussex Newspapers).

Services for schools

  • Walk to school – including walking bus, Walk on Wednesday and Green Footsteps.
  • Young Cooks, our children’s Masterchef-style event.
  • Buster’s Book Club – a reading reward scheme to promote literacy levels.
  • Teacher of the Year Awards – heats staged in Kent, Sussex and London.
  • Kent Literacy Awards
  • Green School Awards
  • Walk to School Song Contest


Services for charities and good causes

  • KM Charity of the Year selection process
  • 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
  • Buster’s Firewalk


Please explore this website to discover more about our work or phone 0844 2640291 (lo-call) or email

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