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Pair help use business network for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:29 22 September 2010

Fundraisers at Higham Village hall

Fundraisers at Higham Village hall

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Founders of an ever growing network dedicated to helping parenting will use their resources to support a national charity day.

Clare Knowles, founder of the North Kent Swop Shop, a site allowing parents to swap old unwanted toys and equipment, has teamed up with friend Sally Walker, founder of the MAD cafe website, a forum of parenting advice, to hold a MacMillan Cancer Research Coffee Morning tomorrow.

Using the contacts made through these ventures the pair will join hundreds of others across the country hosting events in aid of the charity.

Mrs Knowles, 36, of Windhover Way, Gravesend, said: “We have a huge network of members who follow us and so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get people together for charity. We were talking about the position we are in and said we have got to get ourselves involved in charitable movements and this was the first big event on the calendar.”

As both Mrs Knowles and Walkers projects have grown a large number of local businesses have begun advertising at their events and Mrs Knowles has used this to include an added feature to the coffee morning.

“We have invited lots of different therapists to come along and offer free sessions,” she said.

She has also lined up a mobile child care group to set up a crèche at Higham Village hall, where the event will be held, so parents can come and enjoy the morning without worrying about their child.

Elsewhere coffee morning will also be held at Riverside Community Centre in Dickens Road and at Marks & Spencer at Bluewater.

MAD café’s event will run from 10am to noon while at the Riverside Centre it begins at 9.30am and ends at noon.

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