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Orbit Donate an amazing Hamper to Home-Start Medway

Nicki Chapman & Orbit’s Andy McDermott present us with the most amazing Hamper from The Kent Hamper Company.

At its recent ‘Taste of Kentish Living’ celebration, housing association and home builder Orbit, which is helping to create the sustainable new community Peters Village in Wouldham, donated a huge fund-raising hamper, filled with locally-produced food and wines, to charity Home-Start.

Project leader Gill Valentine and trustee Jacqueline O’Carroll from Home-Start Medway, the charity’s nearest branch to Peters Village, were invited to talk about Home-Start’s vital work in supporting vulnerable young families in Kent, and the importance of real communities to family life.

Orbit’s Andy McDermott was joined by Kent-born TV and radio presenter Nicki Chapman, (who was present as an ambassador for Kent), in surprising Gill and Jacqueline with the gourmet gift, created especially for them by local small business, The Kent Hamper Company.

Andy McDermott commented, “We have huge respect for the work Home-Start does in supporting vulnerable families, and are delighted to present them with this gift, which we hope will help them raise funds to support provision of their vital services.”

Nicki Chapman added:

“Hearing about the tremendous work that Home-Start does within the county with young families was so inspiring. As a proud ‘maid of Kent’ it’s always such a pleasure to also be promoting this beautiful part of the country.”


Home-Start Medway Boot fair

Enjoyed the sun at Greenfields Bootfair on Sunday 20th August raising £153.11 to help support our families.

Thank you to all our volunteers, families and staff for donating lots of goodies to sell. Thanks also goes to the young family who kindly donated a buggy for a family in need.


Anything left will be sorted and retained for families or donated to our REAP partner Strood Community Project for their charity shop


30th celebration goes off with a ‘smoothie’

Home-Start Medway celebrated 30 years of supporting families in Medway on 4th August 2017

We invited special guest James Heming from Heart Kent Radio to celebrate with us

We had amazing cakes made by local Beaney’s Bakery and our amazing talented volunteer Denise






The sun shone for the whole day with families, volunteers & staff and their children past and present enjoying the fun

More photos – see Gallery


30th Anniversary celebrations 4th August at Brompton Westbrook School 12-3 pm

If you have been supported by Home-Start Medway or volunteered over the last 30 years we would love for you to join us at our 30th Celebration fun afternoon.

The afternoon is completely free:

Activities include….

Children’s Entertainer – Balloon Modelling and Magic; Face Painter; Bubble Laboratory; Nucleus Arts corner; Smoothie Bike; Fire Engine; Raffle; Penalty Shoot out; Hook the duck; Mobile Library, Fruit Bar

Please bring a picnic. Soft drinks/ Tea & Coffee will be available on the day



Fundraising weekends over, thank you to all our supporters

Successful fundraising at Dickens and Armed Forces Day 2017 raised over £450

Thank you to all staff and volunteers who helped, donated items and organised us.












Pics from Dickens Festival 2017 above and Armed Forces Day 2017 below

Special request made for music at our stand!
Home-Start Medway’s new company car!
First Customers