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Kent Event Centre to host first Kent Festival raising money for emergency service personnel and veterans

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Kent Event Centre is to host the first Kent Festival. The organisers hope to raise money and build awareness of Line of Duty, a charity that supports emergency services personnel and veterans, with the event that takes place 15th - 17th November 2019.

The Kent Festival is the brainchild of Matt Colley. Matt was a reservist in the Armed Forces when he was injured but was unable to access medical treatment through the army, instead having to go through the NHS which inevitably prolonged his recovery. Matt set up the Line of Duty Charity which today exists to support everyone within the emergency services and armed forces, from the surgeon to the cleaner, providing medical and mental health support.  

The Kent Festival has been designed with families in mind and is set to attract up to 10,000 people. It will feature music from a range of tribute bands across the UK and Europe including tributes to Pink, Little Mix, Phil Collins, Madness, Take That, Bon Jovi, Killers, a Greatest Showman themed circus tent, aerial artists, stilt walkers, fire shows, animatronics and a funfair.  

Kent Festival’s Event Manager Kerrie Hirst says: “The Line of Duty charity does such amazing work and it’s an honour to be working on this event. Kent Event Centre is such a unique venue and offered us the versatility we needed with different spaces and lots of capacity to make the Kent Festival a success.”

Kent Event Centre’s Deputy Event Centre Manager, Ellie Pannell, adds: “As a charity ourselves we understand the challenges charities are facing today, particularly when it comes to funding and diversifying income. We strive to assist other charities in achieving their objectives wherever we can and are excited to be working with Line of Duty and the Kent Festival to put on what we are sure will be a fantastic, family event.”

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