Challenger Troop, an award-winning organisation which assists young people across the county, has benefited from a £1,500 donation from KCC Chairman Tom Gates’ charity fund-raising activities over the past year.
The charity delivers engagement and leadership programmes to 7-18-year-olds through military ethos programmes, which offer experiences and opportunities for personal challenges, team-building and leadership training.
Mr Gates said: “I have seen the Challenger Troop in action and attended one of their presentation evenings, which was a very impressive and rewarding experience. I am delighted to be able to support their activities with some of the money raised from various events I have organised and attended over the past year.”
Challenger Troop founder Simon Dean, who is pictured receiving the cheque from Mr Gates and his wife Marion, said: “We were delighted to be nominated as one of the KCC Chairman’s charitable organisations this year.
“Thanks to the generosity of people in Kent, the chairman has presented us with a cheque for £1,500 in support of our youth engagement programmes in communities across Kent.
“We were also invited to speak to councillors and mayors at a series of civic events hosted by the chairman. It has been a real privilege to meet so many members of a civic and charitable community who are working hard for the good of Kent and our county’s future and we are very grateful for this money, which will help us continue our activities.
“We provide an effective and meaningful way to develop good character in young people, which is the foundation for improved educational attainment, better behaviour, increased employability and to flourish as a citizen.”