Giving is good for us; it’s a scientific fact. Studies have shown that when we give, or we do something good for someone else, endorphins are released in the brain, and these chemicals make us feel good. They reduce stress by inhibiting the production of cortisol (the stress hormone), and that is better for our health all round.

So why not make 2019 the year of giving and take part in one of the many charity events nearby? Kent is full of charities hosting some exciting events throughout the next 12 months, so there’s bound to be something that will not only change lives through the charity you’re supporting, but also your own life as well.


Hospice in the Weald


Wheels Around the Weald
12th May

Hospice in the Weald’s biggest cycling event with 20-, 40- and 80-mile routes across the Wealden countryside, starting from the hospice in Pembury.


Forget Me Not
6th & 7th July

Displaying beautiful handmade Forget Me Not flowers in memory of loved ones, supporters attend services held at the Riverhill Gardens, Sevenoaks and Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells.


Starlight Stroll
19th October

Walk in memory of your loved ones, starting from the hospice in Pembury.


Christmas Market
23rd & 24th November

Get your Christmas shopping done locally at Hospice in the Weald’s Christmas Market and visit Santa’s grotto! At the hospice in Pembury.


Ho Ho Hospice Rumble 15th December

Hospice in the Weald’s fun festive 5K, perfect for all the family.


Martha Trust


German Music Night
23rd March

The Bettesteiner Footstompers are bringing the spirit and joy of the Munich Oktoberfest to Whitfield Village Hall, Dover, in aid of Martha Trust on Saturday 23rd March 2019 from 7.30 pm. All proceeds in aid of Martha Trust – transforming the lives of people with profound disabilities.

Martha Trust Golf Day in association with John Shepherd
26th April
Join Martha Trust for 18 holes of golf at the magnificent Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club.

4th August
Enjoy live music at The Square, Deal outside Dunkerley’s, The King’s Head and the Port Arms. As well as the live music, there will be lots of family fun including face painting, twinkle hair, ice cream, Schmoo milkshakes, popcorn, candyfloss, raffle, auction and a chance to win a barrel of booze.

Fleeing to Florence
14th-17th September

Martha Trust’s intrepid teams will be setting off from Dover for Florence in the 2019 car challenge. All the usual rules apply: you’ll need a car costing no more than £200 with tax, insurance and an MOT. Martha Trust will organise your Channel crossing, accommodation and flight home and in return, they ask you to pledge to raise £1,500 to help transform the lives of people with profound disabilities.


Firewalk for Pilgrims Hospices
1st March (Canterbury) & 2nd March (Ashford)

When you are looking for a true challenge, there isn’t much hotter (literally) than walking across 800-degree red-hot wood embers, and that’s exactly what’s involved in the Pilgrims Hospices’ firewalk. No previous experience or training is needed as you’ll be given all the information you need on the day by firewalking expert, Cliff Mann. A firewalk is a truly life-affirming experience. Not only will you conquer the most primal of fears, you’ll raise vital funds to support hospice care too. And after all, if you can walk on fire, you can find the confidence to do anything!


St Patrick’s Day Skydive for The Children’s Respite Trust
17th March

On Sunday 17th March 2019, supporters will don jump suits and climb to 12,000 feet in an aircraft over the Kent countryside before taking the leap of a lifetime. The jump involves freefalling for around 30 to 40 seconds before the canopy opens. You will then spend around five minutes enjoying the ride and the views before landing back at Headcorn Airfield. It is a tandem jump, so you would be strapped to a qualified instructor and all tuition is given on the day.


A Million Dreams Black Tie Dinner for 21 Together

23rd March

21 Together is hosting a black tie event to coincide with World Down’s Syndrome Day to raise much-needed funds to support the vital work that they do with the whole Down’s Syndrome community. Providing specialist courses, awareness sessions, parent support, direct interventions with children and young people relies on gaining as much additional support as possible. This event promises to be a fun-filled night, a time to celebrate the success of the last few years for the charity and everyone it has helped, and 21 Together would be honoured if you could join them.


The One Week Without Challenge for Porchlight
24th-31st March


Could you give up hot showers, cooked dinners or even a warm bed for a week to raise money for people who are living on the streets? Homeless charity Porchlight is asking people to do the ‘One Week Without’ sponsored challenge. It involves putting yourself in the shoes of someone who is homeless and giving up one or more home comforts for a week (Sunday 24th March – Sunday 31st March). All money raised goes towards helping Porchlight which support homeless people in Kent.


Wing Walk for ellenor
24th April


Experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of a wing walk and take to the skies in support of families facing terminal illness. Once strapped into the harness, you’ll take off for a 10-minute experience that will include zooms and climbs at speeds of up to 130mph. Standard registration is £100 with a minimum sponsorship of £1,000, and self-funded registration is £380 with a minimum sponsorship of £670.


Run The London Marathon for Last Chance Animal Rescue

29 April


If you really want to do something wonderful, why not run the iconic London Marathon? Although the ballot has ended for 2019, if you already have a place you could consider doing something for charity, just like Jo Cresswell, the manager of the New Romney branch of Last Chance Animal Rescue, is doing. She is running the London Marathon in aid of her charity dressed in a dog costume – go along and cheer her on, and if you were too late for this year, make sure you sign up for next year and make some money for good causes.


Tonbridge Triathlon

6th May


The Tonbridge Triathlon is a staple in many people’s diaries now; it is the chance to raise money for your chosen worthwhile cause whilst also proving to yourself that you can take on a mighty challenge. The immensely popular Tonbridge Triathlon is perfect for tri-athletes of all abilities. You can either enter the sprint distance or standard distance individually or enter as a team of three to do the sprint distance as a relay. This fantastic event gives you the chance to swim in an award-winning indoor pool, cycle through the beautiful Kent countryside and run on the renowned Tonbridge school running track.


The Northern Belle Luxury Vintage Steam Train for the Heart of Kent Hospice

11th May


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. 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 four-course meal prepared from locally sourced organic Kent produce accompanied by a carefully selected bottle of fine wine. Lunch will include a British cheeseboard, biscuits and chutneys and will be rounded off with coffee and petit fours. The trip takes place on Saturday 11th May 2019, departing from Maidstone East at 12.30pm and returning at around 5pm. Dress code is smart daywear. Tickets are priced at £349 per person.


Dragon Boat Race for Abigail’s Footsteps

30th June


Abigail’s Footsteps, the charity focussed on stillbirth bereavement, will be taking part in the KM Charity Teams Dragon Boat Challenge on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Mote Park, Maidstone. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family and the charity is looking for teams of 12 people to row to raise money on their behalf. Contact them through their website if you are interested in more details. Everything is provided, you just need to bring competitive spirit! If you don’t fancy rowing then please come down to support them on the day.


The Demelza Italian Job for Demelza Hospice Care for Children

4th-8th September


If you love cycling and want to experience the beauty and splendour of the gorgeous Italian lakes (including Lake Como and Lake Maggiore) as well as raising money for charity, then this is the ideal event for you. You will cycle around 75 miles a day during this three-day event which will take you into Switzerland and back again during your travels. It’s hard, but rewarding, and it is for such a worthy cause.

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