Moto employees in Knutsford help to raise £2m in support of Help for Heroes | Knutsford Times

Moto employees in Knutsford help to raise £2m in support of Help for Heroes

By on March 19, 2019

Moto employees in Knutsford played their part in raising £2m for Help for Heroes, which the charity will use to provide lifelong support for wounded Veterans.

The Moto service station at Knutsford helped the Moto in the Community Trust (MITC), the charitable arm of Moto services, reach the milestone following a dedicated seven-year fundraising drive which included collections on Armed Forces Day, school holidays and Bank Holidays, and an annual Big Battlefield Bike Ride through Northern France.

Their incredible fundraising efforts supported by Help for Heroes volunteers enables veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives. The support has helped to fund mental health and wellbeing schemes, and keyworkers at the Help for Heroes Welfare Support Hubs, where specialists offer advice and guidance on issues such as money, health, housing and respite.

The fundraising in Knutsford saw enthusiastic staff raise more than £7,000 for Help for Heroes.

Julie Sturgess, Moto Regional Operations Director at the Moto service station at Knutsford, said: “All the inter-departmental stores took part and staff chose one day a week when they would stage activities and raise as much money as they could.”

Former RAF Sergeant Martin Langford from Leeming, North Yorkshire, is among the beneficiaries who have been directly helped by the fundraising by Moto.

Martin spent two years virtually trapped in his own home due to chronic pain and severe fatigue from arthritis, as well as worsening Services-related anxiety and depression. Then he saw a magazine article about a wood workshop at Help for Heroes’ northern recovery centre in Catterick, just a few miles from his home.

Since then, the father of four has been on an outward-bound course, discovered a talent for creative writing and woodturning, and seen his health improve more than he ever dreamed possible. He has also become a volunteer in the workshop.

“I was determined to make the most of the opportunity to improve myself mentally and physically,” says Martin.

“All the teams at Phoenix House have been a massive help to me, building my confidence and helping me understand so much about why we think and act like we do. I still have a long journey ahead, especially in recovering my fitness, and hope one day to use my new-found skills to get a job. Thanks to Help for Heroes, I am now optimistic about my future.”

Brian Larkin, Chairman of Moto in the Community Trust, said: “As Help for Heroes’ largest corporate partner, we are delighted to have raised over £2 million for them since we began our relationship in 2012.

“The partnership has been a huge success and, we are most grateful for the on-going support and generosity of Moto staff, Help for Heroes volunteers, our customers and our suppliers across the country.

“We’re committed to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces to rebuild their lives and have set a new target to raise a further £1 million for Help for Heroes.”

Melanie Waters, CEO of Help for Heroes said: “Moto in the Community Trust is an invaluable partner to Help for Heroes. Thanks to the dedication and support of the team who have been fundraising at Moto, Help for Heroes has been able to provide support to wounded Veterans in their communities all over the Country. In the south, we have developed adaptive gardens for horticultural therapy, and in the north of England Moto’s support has allowed us to create a family programme and specialist family room at our Recovery Centre.

“Their fundraising has also enabled the charity to employ three specialist key workers who provide welfare support for wounded Veterans and their families. We are thrilled that Moto in the Community Trust has committed to fundraise a further £1million so we can continue to provide lifetime support to the Armed Forces Community.”

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