Walk­ing mums pick up top prizes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COMIC RELIEF -

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

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