Three charities benefit from popular Tonbridge Daily calendar

Three charities benefit from popular Tonbridge Daily calendar
HAPPY DAYS: (L-R) Stevie Rice, chief executive of West Kent Mind, former CEO Jill Roberts and Suzannah Niklas

Part of the money was given to West Kent Mind for the mental health charity’s Tonbridge drop-in centre, Solace Cafe in St Mary’s Road.

Funding also went to the town’s homeless charity, The Bridge Trust, and to Chasing Connor’s Cure in Hildenborough, which was set up by the Crawford family to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy after their seven-year-old son Connor was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition three years ago.

The calendar, which is the brainchild of Tonbridge Daily blogger Suzannah Niklas, sold more than 1,000 copies, and orders came in from all over the world.

It features images of the town which are taken by local people and sent in to be evaluated by a judging panel as part of a competition she runs each year.

Copies have been donated to Barnes Lodge care home for residents’ rooms and to the activity team to help with personal memories of the town.

Mrs Niklas said: “I’m thrilled how the town has received the calendar and very proud to be able to donate for a third year to local charities.

“It’s a massive coordination of independent retailers, photographers and the goodwill of local people which makes it such a success.”

She added: “It takes six months of -organisation from submission of images to the Christmas sales time, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to solely head this.

“It’s exhausting but worthwhile, and to know beautiful views of Tonbridge are hanging in homes and offices all around the world is amazing.

“Who would have thought a simple town calendar could create such community spirit and also raise large amounts of funds for those in need, in and around Tonbridge.”

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