Bank’s help for Walk­ing Bus

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Clubs Round-up -

HSBC is pro­vid­ing a third year of fund­ing to an award-winning chil­dren’s road safety char­ity.

The bank is do­nat­ing £10,000 to sup­port the KM Walk to School team which op­er­ates Walk on Wed­nes­day (WOW) and the Walk­ing Bug schemes at schools across Kent.

HSBC has al­ready given £20,000 and this is the fi­nal gift from the bank.

Ju­lia Smith from HSBC said the bank had been de­lighted to sup­port KM Walk to School and that staff had taken the cause to their hearts.

She said: “HSBC is happy to sup­port such an ex­cel­lent cause.

“It has not been just a case of do­nat­ing money as staff have shown a huge com­mit­ment to KM Walk to School. Some have joined chil­dren on Walk­ing Buses, oth­ers have taken part in char­ity chal­lenges such as the zip­wire to raise more funds, yet more have at­tended fam­ily fun day events such as the one held at Howletts Wild An­i­mal Park last sum­mer.”

And the com­mit­ment shown by HSBC will leave a last­ing legacy as KM com­mu­nity and char­i­ties man­ager Si­mon Dolby said that the bank’s fi­nal do­na­tion will be used to help pay for a new char­ity data­base, which will help the or­gan­i­sa­tion link its many ser­vices to­gether and en­sure that they are run with op­ti­mum ef­fi­ciency.

He said: “The sup­port of HSBC has been in­valu­able in help­ing to make our char­ity the suc­cess it is to­day and thanks to this fi­nal do­na­tion the good work that has been started will go on into the fu­ture sup­ported by our new data­base.”

WOW and Walk­ing Bug are run in part­ner­ship with KCC and Med­way Coun­cil. The scheme is sup­ported by Leeds Cas­tle, the Hop Farm, Quex Park and spon­sored by high­way construction firm Fitz­patrick.

More spon­sors are needed. Con­tact Si­mon Dolby on 07989 164 752 to find out more.

Ju­lia Smith of HSBC presents the bank’s cheque to the KM’s Si­mon Dolby and Buster the Bug

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