Charities news from around Kent this June

PUBLISHED: 23:50 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:10 20 February 2013

Charities news from around Kent this June

Charities news from around Kent this June

Catch up with all the latest news from Kent's many charities

Charities news from around Kent this June

Catch up with all the latest news from Kent's many charities

Cheryl with extra Fizz

Singer and TV presenter Cheryl Baker has brought her warmth and sparkle to British Wireless for the Blind Fund with her appointment as its newest patron.

Cheryl visited BWBFs offices in Maidstone to record all the audio prompts for the Sonata internet audio player, which she launched in November 2009, so from now on people with a set will hear Cheryls voice welcoming them when they switch on.

Cheryl, who lives with her family in Ightham, is no stranger to the problems faced by people with sight loss, as she is already a Vice President of the Royal London Society for the Blind.

For people who have lost their sight having the support of the British Wireless for the Blind Fund must be wonderful. Providing people with the means to listen to music easily is so important.

● The British Wireless for the Blind Fund provides radios and associated equipment for the ever-growing number of registered visually impaired people in the UK. These are supplied free of charge to those with a means-tested benefit or are available to purchase by people who do not qualify for a free loan set.

Pedal power

A father and son from Folkestone got on their bikes to raise more than 700 for charity.

Tony Brand, senior partner in Haines Watts Chartered Accountants of Maidstone, is a specialist medical accountant who advises GP practices and clinics throughout Kent.

To mark the 15th anniversary of AISMA, the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, of which Haines Watts Kent is a member, AISMA is raising funds to support the independent humanitarian medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Tony, 52, often stares across Hythe Bay from his home near the Leas in Folkestone over to Dungeness but says his cycling exploits rarely get him further than Hythe and back.

To support AISMAs Big 15, Tony decided to push the bike out and cycle the 25 miles from Folkestone to Hythe and from Dungeness to Folkestone to raise funds and get fit at the same time.

Son Luke, 12, a pupil at Dover College, also joined in the fun alongside his father and helped swell the sponsorship total to 700.

Supporting Demelza

Kent businesses actively supporting Demelza were among the winners at the charitys annual awards at the Marriott Tudor Park in Maidstone.

Journalist and Demelza Vice President Martyn Lewis presented the awards to corporate supporters who included Julie Morley from Cabot Financial, based in Kings Hill, named as Outstanding Individual Fundraiser.

Searchflow, also based in Kings Hill, won Most Innovative Fundraising Idea, Outstanding Voluntary Project went to Swale-based Knauf and the award for Outstanding SME Supporter was picked up by The London Golf Club at Ash, near Brands Hatch.

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