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On 18 September Kent Community Foundation invited charities to a special event at Eastwell Manor.

Hosted by Paul Barrett MBE, The High Sheriff of Kent and Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, the event was a celebration of the brilliant, often unseen work of the county’s small grass roots charities.

The afternoon event was hosted in the Rose Garden Room, where guests could network and meet members of the Kent Community Foundation team over tea and cakes and enjoy the sunshine in the beautiful garden.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation thanked the attendees for the amazing work they do for the Kent and Medway communities. She announced that over the year Kent Community Foundation had awarded £2.5 million in grants and encouraged guests to spread the word about the work of Kent Community Foundation as there was funding in place to support more local charities with grants or loans.

Guests also heard from Stephanie Hayman and Christopher King, Chequers Kitchen and Nigel Martin and Michael Spackman, Sheppey Matters, who spoke about the significant impact that the funding from Kent Community Foundation has made to their work.

Paul Barrett, MBE, High Sherriff of Kent, told guests that he had visited many simply inspiring charities over the last six months and had realised that the county could not function without the organisations represented at the event. 

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MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind