Category Archives: Fundraising

Pulsatillas! A riotously irreverent look at life in words and music, performed by Sarah Harris, Ros Holbrow and Michelle Marple with gusto and glamour! This fundraising event will be held at Meldreth Village Hall on Saturday 15th June, 2013 – 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Tickets are £10 to include a glass of wine and available by contacting Tracy on 01763 262262 or by email –

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


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






Kent carer writes hit kids book

Friday, 24 February 2017


Kent carer writes hit kids book as thank you


A carer from Kent is repaying the charity that helped him land a university place by penning a fundraising children’s story.

Sales of Martin Broom’s Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse will benefit family support charity Home-Start Medway.

The 50-year-old from Gillingham was a volunteer with Home-Start Medway before embarking on his Master’s degree in Advanced Child Protection.

Martin said: “Home-Start Medway staff wrote the kindest reference for my university interview, subsequently I got on to my chosen Master’s degree course.

“To say thank you to the staff I wrote Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse to promote the fantastic work Home-Start Medway do for families with children under five years of age.”

Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.

Through the charity around 16,000 volunteers support 30,000 families and 60,000 children to help transform their lives.

Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse tells the magical story of a small Irish mouse from Ireland who is forced to leave home.

Since its release it has reached number three in Amazon’s animal book charts.

Martin said: “Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse is about a small mouse who, through heartache, must leave his home.

“Along the way he makes several friends, gets married and finds the courage to see things through.

“Shamus Reilly is a small mouse, smaller than most, but his heart is big and kind.

“Maria, his wife, was the only daughter of a restaurant owner.

“Together they enjoy some fantastic adventures.”

Martin’s inspiration for Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse came from discovering mice in his house.

The success of the book has led the father of three writing a sequel.

He added: “People who have read Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse, even the children, have been very positive with their feedback.

“I am currently three-quarters the way through the second book.

“It hopefully will not take too much longer, then it is a matter of doing the new illustrations.”

Martin is donating £1 from the sale of every copy of Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse to Home-Start Medway

For more information go to Amazon and search for Martin Broom, where the Kindle and paperback versions of Shamus Reilly, Little Mouse are available.