Walking mums pick up top prizes
THE KM Walking Bus usually helps children to travel to school, but now it is helping a mum get to her brother’s wedding in Holland. Jo Johnson, of Brook Primary School Walking Bus, Ashford, won first prize in a draw into which she was automatically entered along with other Walking Bus volunteers in the Ashford area. Her prize was a five-day crossChannel trip with P&O Ferries, which was ideal for her. She said: “My brother lives in Holland and is getting married in October and a group of us were going out there and now the ferry crossing is paid for, which is brilliant.” The mother has two children who use the Brook Walking Bus, Joshua, 10 and Dominic, seven. Another top prize winner, Alex Rogers, of St Martin’s Primary School, Folkestone, is also planning to use the P&O Ferries voucher for a break in the near future. The mother of Rebecca, 10, and Lottie, seven, said: “The Walking Bus is just part of life for my family and I’m always really glad when I see all the traffic on the way to school that I am not stuck in it.” Children on the Walking Bus won’t miss out as they will get goody bags at the end of term with fantastic offers from local attractions such as free swim vouchers, discounts for Wildwood Discovery Park, near Canterbury, and the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, as well as the Hop Farm, and AMF Bowling, Ashford. They will also receive a tempting offer for Pizza Hut meals. As well as the Kent Messenger Group, the Walking Bus, which is a KCC-led initiative, is sponsored by Denne, Ringway, Veolia, Co-op and AXA PPP healthcare.
For more information on Walking Buses view www.kentwalkingbus.org or www.kentonline.co.uk/charity
Jo Johnson, left, and Alex Rogers, right, receiving their prizes fromJulie O’Neil, from the Rare Breeds Centre