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On 18 November three charities ‘pitched’ to a “dragon panel” of Medway businesses and entrepreneurs who work together to support local people and help communities thrive.

The event at Avenue Tennis in Gillingham, was hosted by Kent Community Foundation, who manage the pooled funds of generous Medway businesses and entrepreneurs as the “Medway Corporate Giving Fund.”

The three charities pitching for funds were, All Saints Community Church, who support the needs and issues faced by many people in the All Saints area of Chatham, Medway Asthma Self-Help Group, who help with information and support with asthma across Medway and Sunlight Development Trust who are working to improve health and well-being in Gillingham

Treated to heartfelt and engaging presentations from each of the charities, the “dragons” gave generously and in total over £12,000 was awarded to support the three charities.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive at Kent Community Foundation comments: “Kent Community Foundation was delighted to bring together this group of Medway charities and business leaders. It is difficult for grassroots charities to gain access to funding and being able to participate in events like this can make a significant difference to their future.”

John and Beverly Weir, Weir Funeral Directors, said, “We have recently joined the Medway Corporate Giving Fund and today was a great opportunity to meet with some brilliant charities who are working hard within Medway to make long-lasting, positive changes. We would definitely encourage other Medway businesses and individuals to join us, to see what a real difference we can make to the local community by pooling our funds.”

Find out more about the Medway Corporate Giving Fund here.

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