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DOWNS MAIL APPEAL: Can you support us?

Thursday 23rd December 2021


THE Downs Mail has been bringing news for free to its local community for free since 1997.

First to arrive on the doormat was the Downs Mail and followed online more recently by Daily Downs Mail which provides a round-the-clock news service.

Over the years we have become a trusted, loved and respected community-based newspaper.

And our core belief is that community news should be free for all its readers.

Despite many pressures over Downs Mail's quarter of a century, we have managed to resist any pressure to charge you for the news service we provide.

However, COVID still has a severe impact on our advertisers. Many are small businesses, like us, and this has currently substantially reduced our key source of income - advertising revenue. 

In addition to reduced revenues, the cost of the paper we are printed on has risen sharply with two price rises this year with another steep increase due in January, estimated to be around 30%.

The Kent Messenger has just increased its cover price by 10p to £1.70 while free Friday Ad is soon to go digital only, ceasing its print editions.

As a small family-run business, we have had to dig deep into limited reserves as Government grants and support for our publishing sector were restricted, barely covering running costs for the first month of lockdown.

To enable us to continue to provide good, quality journalism and for the newspapers and website to remain free of charge we are asking for your help, by making a donation so Downs Mail remains a community asset and still FREE to all.

To support us click here

You can also make a donation by scanning the attached QR code with a camera on your mobile phone.

Donations can be sent to Mail Publications Limited, 2 Forge House, Bearsted Green, Maidstone ME14 4DT.

Please make cheques payable to: Mail Publications Limited