■        Charity boss to cycle from Edinburgh to London via Wales to say a personal ‘Thank you’ to pandemic volunteers.

■        Will be handing out thousands of ‘People’s Medals’ over a six-day, 1000km ride.

■        Large part of the tour ridden tandem with his dad, ex-Paralympian blind swimmer Tim Reddish CBE DL

The CEO of one of the UK’s largest volunteering charities will be undertaking a gruelling 1000km cycle from Edinburgh to London via Wales to say a heartfelt thanks to the thousands of people across the UK who have made a difference in their communities in the last 12 months or so – and raise money for good causes.

From 2 June 2021, Paul Reddish, CEO of Volunteering Matters will be zipping up his Lycra and stocking up on energy bars to cycle 1000km between the Scottish and English capitals. On his journey, he will be joined by special guests riding alongside him (or behind, depending on how fast he is) including his father, Paralympian swimmer and former Paralympics GB CEO Tim Reddish CBE and his guide dog, Pip. Paul will be stopping all along the way to say thank you to those across the UK who gave up their time to make a difference to so many people’s lives during Covid.

Reddish will be handing out a special edition ‘The People’s Medal’ on his journey to those who have dedicated their time, skills, compassion and support to help others. Whether it is manning vaccination centres or staffing food banks, the impact these unsung heroes have made to people’s lives during the pandemic has been incredible.

‘The People’s Medal’ comes in the shape of a beautifully designed pin badge from #PinYourThanks, a volunteer-run campaign that has been given by tens of thousands of people to thank their own pandemic heroes and since launching last summer.

As well as handing out pin badges and thanks, Paul will be raising money, which will go towards volunteering projects in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Paul Reddish says, “There can be few brighter lights in the last twelve months or so than the everyday kindness we’ve seen from people. Volunteering is often talked about in terms of organised events or initiatives, but just as important are the small gestures which can make a big difference. I’m hoping to shine a light on all types of volunteering across the UK and raise some money for future volunteering projects.”

Paul will cycle over 1000km starting on 2nd June in Edinburgh going via Wales and ending in London on the evening of 7th June. He will be picking up his dad on route for a tandem ride for the Nottingham to London stretch. Confirmed locations are Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Stockton on Tees, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Worcester, Malvern, Gloucester, Newport, Swindon, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and several stops around London, including Kingston upon Thames, ending at Volunteering Matters’ London office in Hackney.

Kingston Carers’ Network will be welcoming Paul in Kingston on Sunday 5th June and joining him in thanking many of the wonderful volunteers who have supported Kingston Carers’ Network in improving the lives of carers in Kingston.

Donations can be made through the Just Giving page justgiving.com/campaigns/tourdethanks

11:51, 04 Jun 2021 by Jo Maye

Kingston Carers' Network Nominated for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards

KCN have been nominated for the Comminuty Organisation (Multi-strand) at The National Diversity Awards 2021.
The Breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 4th February 2022. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities.


The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversityincluding age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

ITV News will be working in association with The National Diversity Awards to highlight role models and community organisations on regional and national news channels.
Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said; “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society.”

The UK’s largest diversity awards has attracted a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. Sir Lenny Henry CBE, last year’s winner of the Celebrity of the Year gong said; “Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

The National Diversity Awards receives over 60,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 10th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.

Nominations are now open and close June 4th 2021 - so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved!

15:56, 14 May 2021 by Jo Maye

We are delighted that Home Instead have asked us to join them as they take part in this years Dementia Action Week. They have gathered together a range of experts to answer some of the many questions that arise when you start to thinking about caring for someone with a diagnosis of dementia.


The event will be held online and include talks from guest speakers:

  • What to look out for when thinking about care for a loved one - Clare Jefferies, Home Instead
  • What is dementia? - Alzheimer's Society
  • Understanding 'Power of Attorney' - Peacocks Solicitors
  • Living with a diagnosis - a daughter's experience
  • Becoming a carer - Kingston Carers' Network
  • Scam Awareness with Q&A - NatWest


If you would like more information, please contact Clare Jefferies or register here.

16:26, 07 May 2021 by Jo Maye