ON BOARD FOR HEART OF KENT
Heart of Kent Hospice is bringing the style and glamour of 1930’s steam travel to Kent with an exclusive trip on the magnificent Northern Belle. The hospice is chartering the luxury vintage steam train for a unique lunchtime excursion through the Kent countryside. Guests will be welcomed aboard by liveried stewards and shown to individually designed carriages, each inspired by the grandeur and elegance of a British castle or stately home.
A Black class 5 steam special locomotive will transport passengers back to a golden age of travel as they enjoy Champagne and canapés, followed by an exquisite, fourcourse meal accompanied by fine wine.
As guests relax and enjoy the magical experience, they will be providing vital funding for one of Maidstone’s best-loved charities. Heart of Kent Hospice provides outstanding care and support to people in Kent facing terminal illness. Every single ticket sold will help the charity create lasting memories for the people in its care.
The journey begins on 11 May 2019,
CARING HANDS REACH OUT
The High Sheriff of Kent, Jane Ashton, visited Caring Hands in the Community to hear about its plans for the future. The Chatham day centre has been helping those who are homeless, vulnerable and in need of support since 2001. Numbers have risen from around 40 guests a day to more than 100. The charity is totally dependent on the support of the local community, who raise funds and donate food, as well as grants from organisations such as the People’s Postcode Trust, www.caringhandsuk.org.uk
CONNOR GETS HIS WHEELS
departing from Maidstone East at 12.30pm and returning at around 5pm. Dress code is smart day wear and tickets at £349 per person include a glass of Champagne, canapés, a four-course lunch, coffee and petit fours and a bottle of wine per couple.
It would make a wonderful gift for a birthday or to mark a special occasion.
To book your place, visit: www.hokh.org or call 01622 790195. Tonbridge Lions Club has presented seven-year-old Connor Crawford of Hildenborough with a custombuilt tricycle so he can get around more easily and ride to school. Connor suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic disease which means his body does not produce the protein needed for muscle strength and function. The Lions donated the tricycle using money raised last year from a memorial fund for the late Steve Harvey, a Tonbridge Lion for 30 years and president in 2002. His widow Val, aware of the problem through Chasing Connor’s Cure charity, proposed helping him directly and the need for the tricycle was highlighted.
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Enjoy a magical trip onboard the Northern Belle