QHotels is celebrating a successful first year in partnership with the NSPCC, raising £82,000 for the charity, exceeding its initial target of £75,000.
The hotel group’s employees have embraced fundraising, racking up the miles in a number of challenges including the Great North Run, the London Marathon, the Three Peaks Challenge and The Wolf Run.
QHotels’ 20,000 leisure club members and leisure club employees have also got behind the cause, collectively pedalling 2,699km – the distance from QHotels’ southern most hotel, the Ashford International in Kent, to The Westerwood Hotel in Scotland, and back again.
The Ashford Hotel topped the fundraising league, collecting over £10,000.
A village playground is set for a £140,000 revamp with cash being stumped up by housing developer Redrow.
Section 106 contributions were made by in exchange for homes being build at Lancaster Close in Hamstreet.
The council has rejected the plan to put the multi-use games area at Pound Lees Recreation Ground, and has decided to gradually close the park at Lancaster Close.
Instead the playground and resurfacing work will be done near the Victory Hall in the centre of the village, while £20,000 will be given to the Hamstreet & District Sports and Leisure Association to upgrade a 3G pitch.
Twelve pubs across Kent are taking part in a charity walk to raise money for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
The Spartan Journey will see 300 managers and team members from Stonegate Pub Company’s Southern region dress up in Spartan costumes and walk 12.5 miles through the City of London.
Kent pubs involved include The John Wallis in Ashford town centre. The walk is at 1pm on Sunday, July 30
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ (and then the name of pub).
Bingo sessions are held at St Michael’s village hall in Grange Road, Tenterden.
The next one is Saturday, August 19, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
Entrance is free and there are cash prizes. Funds raised will go towards the refurbishment of the hall.
Woodchurch Scouts are looking for people to join them for quizzes in the Bonny Cravat pub, Front Road, held once a month on Sundays from 7.30pm.
Teams of two to six people pay £2.50 per head.
There will be no quiz in August, so the next is on Sunday, September 17.