Podcast: Family demands refund from Gateway Family Funeral Services in Gillingham after widow handed over £3,500

A Medway family say they’re devastated after undertakers allegedly failed to refund £3,500 to their elderly mum who had handed over the cash towards a funeral plan.

The widow, who’s in her 80s, gave the money to Gateway Family Funeral Services in Gillingham.  Lucy Hickmott joins us with the story.

Also in today’s podcast, Thousands of you will heading to polling stations across Kent today to vote in the local elections.

It’s one of the biggest ballots in decades with more than 550 seats up for grabs at 13 local authorities in the county. Hear from our political editor Paul Francis.

The future of student midwives in Kent has been thrown into doubt after their course was axed because of safety and quality concerns.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s accreditation for its midwifery programme has been cancelled by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

A Gillingham based charity has revealed it’s struggling to meet demand as the county suffers a shortage of guide dogs.

Neil Ewart is trustee of the Seeing Dogs Alliance and says the wait list is down to a number of factors, including high demand, low volunteer numbers and and rising bills. 

A Canterbury man who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan is hoping to start his mission to climb Mount Everest this week.

Hari Budha Magar wants to become the first double above-the-knee amputee reach the summit of the world’s highest peak and has spoken to us from base camp.

And, we continue our countdown to the coronation by hearing from some refugees in Kent who met the  King last year.

Charles visited Kent Refugee Action Network when he was still the prince of Wales.