Much-anticipated charity awards launch in Kent

Much-anticipated charity awards launch in Kent

The Kent Charity Awards, a much-anticipated new awards scheme covering the whole of Kent, has been launched. The aim of the awards is to showcase and reward the hard work and perseverance of charities/voluntary groups and their staff; all striving to make the lives of others better.

Open to both small and large charities whether a Kent branch of a national charity, a small community-based charity, voluntary group or a fundraising group, the Kent Charity Award are the first of their kind in the County and are set to become an important date in the third sector diaries. The unique awards are sponsored by: the KM Group, Furley Page, Kent County Council, Reeves Accountants, Medway Council, MidKent College, Southern Water, Diggerland and Kent Reliance.

Entering the awards is a great way for good causes to gain exposure, increase stakeholder funding and can also be great for staff morale. In an area where people often work tirelessly to help make the lives of others better, receiving extra recognition can really make a difference and be tremendous boost. The awards are free to enter and entries will be profiled in the KM Group newspapers across the whole region with 12 finalists being chosen to attend a glittering gala awards evening in March 2015.

If you think that your good cause deserves recognition fill in the entry form at or at If you are applying to be KM Charity of the Year you will automatically be entered into the Kent Charity Awards and vice-versa. This gives you two opportunities to have your good work recognized across the County.

Sponsors Statements

Kent County Council – “Kent County Council is delighted to be amongst the founder-sponsors of the Kent Charity Awards. Every day the charity sector, often through the dedication of volunteers, makes an enormous contribution to the well-being of Kent people and communities. We believe that these awards will recognise and celebrate the range, energy and commitment of the sector,” – Mike Hill, Cabinet Member for Community Services.

Reeves Re: business, tax and wealth – “Reeves actively support the Charity sector through client support and individual involvement. The awards recognise the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of the sector and we are privileged to be part of this event.”

MidKent College – “MidKent College is proud to sponsor the first Kent Charity Awards and help celebrate the invaluable work of the charity sector as a whole. The college works closely with numerous charities that support its work in a variety of ways, such as helping to prepare students for future careers by providing work experience placements. At a time when charities have to work harder than ever before to secure funding, MidKent College believes it has never been more important to highlight the exceptional work they and their army of volunteers do.”

Southern Water – “Southern Water is committed to the communities it serves, and the company has a long and successful track record in supporting many charities – local and national – through employee fundraising and volunteering projects. We are looking forward to being part of the Kent Charity Awards and welcome the opportunity to help showcase the fantastic work being done by charities across the county.”

Diggerland – “Diggerland UK is pleased and proud to be sponsoring this year’s Kent Charity Awards. At Diggerland we understand and appreciate what matters locally to our customers, which is why we always go the extra mile to help various charitable organisations in Kent as well as all over the UK, donating complimentary tickets to our four theme parks. The Kent Charity Awards recognise the hard work, expertise and dedication that is the hallmark of outstanding charities across Kent, and that is why Diggerland is honoured to be sponsoring for 2014”.

Furley Page – “When we heard about the idea to launch the Kent Charity Awards we didn’t need any persuading to sign up as a sponsor. Indeed it made perfect sense for us to do our bit to support the awards because of the incredibly close ties linking our law firm to the charity sector in the county. We have worked with a range of charities across Kent and the South East for many years and we have a tremendous insight into how they work and what they do. Charities are the un-sung heroes of society because their work often brings far-reaching positive benefits for so many people in our communities. We warmly welcome the launch of these awards and we look forward to playing a full part in helping to make them a big success.”

Medway Council – “Medway Council is delighted to support the Kent Charity Awards as a founder-sponsor. We are pleased to help recognise the hard work by many local residents, and people across the county, who help charities and voluntary groups make life for others better. These awards recognise their spirit and dedication.”

Kent Reliance – “Kent Reliance is proud to support the Kent Charity Awards. We are delighted to be a founder-sponsor of an event that recognises and showcases the hard work and dedication shown by the people of Kent who are helping to improve the lives of others.”

Kent Messenger – to come.

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