Step­ping up for our hos­pices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

A GRAND to­tal of £57,000 raised by walk­ers was handed over to the county’s hos­pices on Fri­day.

The money rep­re­sented the pro­ceeds of this year’s Char­ity Walk, or­gan­ised by brew­ers Shep­herd Neame and the own­ers of this news­pa­per, the KM Group, which was held in Char­ing ear­lier this year.

Pre­sent­ing the cheques of just over £5,000 each in the board­room at Shep­herd Neame’s head­quar­ters in Faver­sham, chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Neame said: “I was one of the first out on this year’s walk, an event we have been run­ning for 13 years.

“With the cur­rent eco­nomic con­di­tions, the amount we col­lect has started to tail off so we prob­a­bly need to find a new way to raise money as Shep­herd Neame and the KM Group are hugely sup­port­ive of the hospice move­ment.”

The hos­pices to ben­e­fit from the walk are the Pil­grims Hos­pices in Can­ter­bury, Ash­ford and Thanet; Demelza House in Sit­ting­bourne; the El­lenor Hospice in Dart­ford; Har­ris Hospis­Care in Or­p­ing­ton; the Heart of Kent Hospice in Ayles­ford; the Hospice of the Weald in Pem­bury; St Christo­pher’s Hospice in Sy­den­ham; the Wis­dom Hospice in Rochester and the Lions Hospice in Gravesend.

KM Group chair­man Geral­dine Allinson said: “I want to say thank you to the hos­pices for the great work you do for fam­i­lies and the com­mu­ni­ties who live in the ar­eas in which you op­er­ate.”

Jonathan Neame and Geral­dine Allinson with the char­ity cheque, pic­tured with sup­port­ers of the event

Pic­ture Gerry Whit­taker pd1497720

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