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BOOK PLEDGE SEES ANOTHER £140,000 WORTH OF BOOKS GIVEN TO ADOPTED SCHOOLS

Our Books for Schools programme recently saw over 16,000 books donated to our partner schools, worth a staggering £140,000. Thanks to a partnership with Oxford University Press, bundles of books including classics, picture books, reading books and dictionaries were made available free of charge to all of our 56 adopted schools located right across the country. This annual programme has been running since 2006 and in that time we’ve provided over 141,000 books and literacy resources for use in schools.

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HELP FOR HEROES COLLECT ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CHEQUE, BRINGING £2M TARGET TANTALISINGLY CLOSE!

Help for Heroes received their annual donation from MOTO last week (7th February) with the charity’s co-founder Bryn Parry accepting a cheque for £400,000 at the Moto conference. The £400,000 donation from Moto’s fundraising efforts in 2017 brings the grand total since Help for Heroes was adopted as the Trust’s national charity partner in 2012 to £1.9 million, just £100,000 away from the £2m pledge Moto made at the outset of the partnership. £100,000 of this most recent funding will be used to fund three Welfare Support Keyworkers. The workers based at Phoenix House, Catterick work on a one-to-one basis...

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Woodland Trust Partnership Continues to Blossom

Children from MOTO Reading’s adopted school and members of staff from the Reading site rolled up their sleeves earlier to plant over 100 trees at the Eastbound services. Working together, the nine pupils from Battle Primary Academy and seven staff planted the mixture of oak, field maple, silver birch and hazel trees. The trees will grow into valuable components of the local environment, helping to absorb pollution and provide homes for wildlife. The planting is the latest joint initiative between the two organisations. Last year MITC donated more than £100,000 through income from carrier bag sales in support of The...

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Prize-Winning Young Writers Revealed

The winners of MOTO’s annual Young Writer Competition have been announced, following some difficult decisions by award-winning author and this year’s judge, Gill Lewis. The competition asked pupils from schools adopted by MOTO service stations to choose from one of three story starters set by Gill and use them to write their own story of 200 words or more. The competition received nearly 500 entries from 16 schools from across the country. Gill Lewis’s twelve novels for young readers have won a variety of book awards making her the perfect judge! After much deliberation Gill chose a story by 10-year-old...

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Welsh Centenary Grove Unveiled as MITC’s Partnership with The Woodland Trust Takes Root

The first of three Centenary Groves planted as part of Moto in the Community’s partnership with The Woodland Trust was unveiled earlier this week (November 7th) in Ffos Las, South Wales. Jeff Parfrey, Regional Operations Director at ‎Moto Hospitality and Jerry Langford, Woodland Trust’s Director for Wales marked the occasion by unveiling a post and plaque at the grove and Oak and Alder trees were planted by staff from Moto’s Swansea site and pupils from their adopted school Penllegaer Primary School. The three groves (groups of trees) in England, Scotland and Wales (Langley Vale in Surrey, Dreghorn Woods near Glasgow...

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