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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,


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


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

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