School secures new minibus for students following Sewell on the go support

Pupils at an East Riding secondary school will have more opportunities available to them after a leading forecourt operator donated more than £2,500 to reach their target for a new minibus.

Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College needed to raise £25,500 to cover the cost of the 17 seat vehicle and received donations and support from the local community, including the Parish Council, businesses, parents, students and staff during the 18-month fundraising drive.

But the school fell £2,697.89 short of their target and Sewell on the go, which has a forecourt and convenience store in Cottingham, stepped in to help reach the final amount, as well as donating £600 a year to help towards fuel costs or receive discount on items sold in store.

Scott Ratheram, former Headteacher at the school, led the project, which has 870 pupils aged 11 to 18. New Headteacher Loz Wilson will officially begin his role in September.

Scott said: “We are incredibly grateful. On behalf of the school governors, the Parent/Staff Association (PSA) and students, I would like to thank Patrick and Paul Sewell, and Sewell on the go, for their fantastic support in pledging the final amount required to purchase our school minibus.

“This very generous donation, along with the yearly fuel allowance, means we are now able to offer an even greater number of exciting enrichment opportunities for all our students. This will especially benefit our sports teams and enable us to support smaller team events in the future.

“It will enable us to make a real difference and offer some opportunities which students will remember for a lifetime.

“Cottingham High School looks forward to continuing to work with the Sewell family, who not only have strong connections with the school but have the same vested interest in improving the lives of those living in our local community, particularly the young people who are its future.”

Sewell Group Managing Director Paul Sewell and his son, Patrick, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, attended Cottingham High School, as did several Sewell Group staff and their families.

Scott said: “Paul came back to give a very inspiring talk to our students and we were overwhelmed by the offer of support towards our minibus. Meeting the target meant we could kick-start things in the New Year and it created real sense of achievement to get over the line.

“The connection the Sewell family has with Cottingham High School and the community is really fitting.

“We used to have to hire a minibus, so this will make a big difference and it will certainly be well used.”

Sewell on the go Cottingham is one of 13 Sewell on the go forecourts and convenience stores across Hull and the East Riding and staff will be able to fuel the new minibus at any of these locations.

Businesses including Co-op, Swift Caravans and the James Reckitt charity also donated towards the minibus, as did the Matthew Good Foundation.

Students who are involved in rugby, football, athletics, netball and other sports will be among those who benefit most from the minibus as they travel to interschool competitions and athletics meetings across the region.

Year nine student, Cheryl Ko, said: “The new minibus will be far more efficient – no more waiting for coaches to arrive and we can get to fixtures earlier. This is cheaper and can help save money that could be spent on updating our sports equipment instead.”

Year 10 student Nathan Magee, said: “A new minibus is very good for our school because it allows us to be on time everywhere we have an event and lets us have the choice to go places to celebrate our victories.”

Patrick said he is delighted the business could give back and make a difference to the students.

He said: “We are incredibly pleased and proud to help the school over the line with their fundraising and reach their target. Our connections to the school and the Cottingham community are long standing and it’s wonderful to be able to support the next generation.

“We’re looking forward to building on our relationship with the school and looking at other ways we can work together in the future.”

Sewell on the Go joins with PCC to raise awareness of modern slavery

A campaign by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership is being supported by the Sewell on the Go.

Earlier this month, Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter launched car stickers to raise awareness that some people are being exploited financially by their employers or in exteme cases, are the victims of human trafficking.

The stickers highlight the telephone number and website of the Modern Slavery Helpline where suspicions can be reported and are printed in three different languages.

This week, Sewell on the Go has agreed to distribute the stickers through their 13 fuel and convenience stores across Hull and East Yorkshire, as well as displaying posters and information on notice boards and media screens in store.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter said: “Modern slavery is happening right now across our area. Vulnerable individuals from across the world, but particularly eastern Europe, are being enticed to come to the UK by criminal gangs on the promise of employment and a better standard of living.

“Only when they arrive do they find out the reality, being paid wages far below the minimum legal standard, if they are paid at all, with the gangmasters exploting them for profit. Our campaign is to highlight the fact modern slavery is a reality, how people can spot the signs and report it. Humberside Police are already doing excellent work to uncover cases of modern slavery and prosecute those responsible but we all have a part to play.

“I’m delighted Sewell on the Go has agreed to support the campaign and help to raise awareness of this crime and how to prevent it.”

Patrick Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, said: “This is clearly a very important matter which warrants more profile and awareness, and we’re pleased to support this campaign locally.

“I’m also overtly aware of the issues nationally through my role as Chairman of the Association of Convenience Stores and I hope this can be a catalyst for other retailers elsewhere in the country to get behind the campaign.”

Providing work experience opportunities for vulnerable young people

Sewell on the go have partnered with Work Insight, a project supporting students in secondary schools who have additional needs or at risk of becoming not in employment, education, or training, to offer work experience opportunities to young people.

Ehab, who has Autism, has been working with the teams at Chanterlands since the beginning of April. He is in his last year at Northcott School and he chose Sewell on the go for work experience as he wants to work in retail when he leaves education.

During his time, Ehab has been carrying out a variety of jobs, working in different areas of retail. This includes hourly toilet checks, food temperature checks, putting fresh food out for sale, helping with deliveries, putting stock out, observing what is involved in banking and stock counting. He has also had some experience working on the tills and understanding our the waste and reductions procedures.

Sales Assistant, Madeline, who has been working closely with Ehab said: “I’ve worked with Ehab for the last five weeks at Chanterlands and at first he was a very shy person, but during his work placement he has come out of his shell so much, the more he got to know the team.

“He loves gadgets so we’ve been working with that to help him during his time with us. He was a pleasure to have worked with.”

Ehab has now finished his work placement at Chanterlands. The team surprised Ehab with a framed photo, cake and certificate on his last day.

Katherine Batch, Sales Director, said “We were approached by Jo at Work Insight and we were really interested in getting involved, especially myself as it is something that is quite close to my heart.

“It is amazing to see how much he has progress during his time here. He was very shy when we first met him but now he displays so much confidence.

“His teacher has said that before he walked into class with his head down and wouldn’t speak in class.

“However, now she has said that he walks in with his head held high, he now speaks in class and has new friendships!

“It’s a great feeling knowing that they can now go to job interviews with experience which will help them into the world of work.”

Adam, who suffers from ADHD, has also joined the team at Wyton Bar for a five week placement.

Sewell on the go agree new stand sponsorship with Hull Kingston Rovers

Local retailer Sewell on the go is back on board with Hull Kingston Rovers after becoming the new sponsor of the Colin Hutton Stand with immediate effect.

Sewell on the go, which operates 13 high quality fuel and convenience stores across the region, is a former sponsor of the Family Zone at KCOM Craven Park and has now taken its partnership with the club to the next level after committing to the stand sponsorship.

Rovers supporters will be able to see the Sewell on the go Colin Hutton Stand’s new look at tonight’s Betfred Super League clash with St Helens, with the club working hard to install the new signage ahead of a busy Easter period that will see the Robins compete three times on home soil over the coming weeks including a clash with local rivals Hull FC on Good Friday, televised live on Sky Sports.

Patrick Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, said: “We’ve worked together in the past with the likes of game sponsorship, corporate tickets and sponsoring the family zone – this is clearly one step further and we are proud to be associated with both Hull Kingston Rovers and the Colin Hutton Stand.

“Linking up with the club has always seemed a natural synergy in that both organisations are rooted within the communities of East Hull, indeed we’ve both been here since the late 1800’s.

“Five of our 13 stores in the city literally have KCOM Craven Park surrounded and as such, many of our customers are Rovers fans and vice versa, so it appears a natural fit to work with and support each other for the betterment of the local area and people.”

Part of the wider Sewell Group, Sewell on the go serves over four million customers every year making sure they have everything they need for their journey ahead. Key characteristics include providing the best quality fuel from market leader BP and having Costa Express self-service coffee bars in each store, whilst three of its locations in East Yorkshire are also home to Subway stores.

Paul Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell Group, said: “Colin Hutton was a Rovers legend and I’m pleased and proud Sewell on the go is supporting the stand named after him.

“Colin was also a great friend of Hull Animal Welfare Trust, a charity we have supported for many years, which makes this partnership even more personal to us as a business.”

Hull Kingston Rovers CEO Mike Smith added: “We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Sewell on the go in recent years and to bring them back on board with their biggest ever sponsorship arrangement with the club is great news for our commercial team.

“Along with the recently announced Compendium Living East Stand, we now have two major businesses on board in some key areas for the club and that’s a real boost in our ambitions to keep pushing forwards off the field.”

Sewell on the go stores can be found close to KCOM Craven Park on Holderness Road, Maybury Road, Wyton Bar, Southcoates Lane and Howdale Road.

Sewell on the go opens 13th forecourt and convenience store as business continues to grow

Leading East Yorkshire forecourt retailer Sewell on the go has invested £1.6 million in buying and upgrading its 13th site in the region.

The site in Beverley Road, Dunswell, is the latest milestone for the business, which has twice been named Forecourt Trader of the Year and is the only UK forecourt retailer in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list 2018.

Now open 24/7 following an increase in previous opening hours, Sewell on the go Dunswell has five jet washes, as well as other key features such as Costa coffee, free WIFI, BP fuel and a whole host of everyday essentials with a range of local produce lines available.

The investment in Dunswell has created two new jobs, as well as retaining 13 existing staff, and further investment is planned to open additional sites in Hull and the East Riding.

The Yorkshire Motorhome Sales and Hire Company, which leases a unit on the site, will remain, while 32 self-storage units are also available to hire for business or domestic use.

Patrick Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, said: “This is another great milestone for the business and demonstrates months of planning and negotiations to buy the right site.

“Dunswell is a little pocket we haven’t touched on yet. Anyone in the North Hull, Dunswell and Woodmansey areas haven’t been in our catchment area before, and this fills a gap in terms of geography.

“We are looking to buy another site in East Yorkshire in the not too distant future and we’re on the hunt for further opportunities with a clear focus on continued development and business growth.

“The self-storage units are easily accessible because Dunswell is on a main route into and out of Hull. It’s secure because we’re always open, and people can hire the containers on a short or long-term basis.”

Customers who sign up to the My Rewards scheme will be able to benefit from special discounts and offers in store, as well as on fuel, hot drinks and car washes. 

Store Manager Melissa Jackson, who joined the business as a Sales Assistant in 2010, has also previously worked at Sewell on the go in Willerby, Cottingham and Hull West as a Trainee Manager before moving to Dunswell.

She said: “I’m really excited about my new role and taking on this new challenge at a brand new site. Working at Sewell on the go makes you feel valued.

“I have a great team at Dunswell and we want to increase sales and make the most of the site.”

Sewell on the go named in Best 100 UK companies

Sewell on the go is the only UK forecourt operator to have secured a place in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the UK, placing it number one in Yorkshire.

It is part of Sewell Group, which has its headquarters in Hull as well as offices in Leeds, York and Huddersfield.

The business has also secured a Best Companies 3 Star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation, which recognises the highest standard of workplace engagement and represents organisations which truly excel.

To read more about these prestigious accolades, click here.

Hundreds of meals for people in crisis thanks to Sewell on the go staff and customers

Almost 700 meals will be available to people in crisis after Sewell on the go staff and customers collected £1,000 of food to help make a difference this Christmas.

Collection points were put in place at Sewell on the go stores in Chanterlands Avenue, Sutton, South Cave and Hull West on the A63 at North Ferriby to gather donations for Hull Foodbank, which provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people referred to the charity in crisis.

A total of 283kg of donations were collected, which the charity said is the equivalent of 670 meals.

Emma Kordhaku, Sales Manager at Sewell on the go, said: “The appeal went so well and it was a real team effort from staff and customers. It was something new to us and we weren’t sure how successful it would be. But to be able to collect enough to feed all those people was amazing.

“One of our customers won some money on a scratch card used his winnings to buy some food to donate, which was just brilliant and so kind. All of the donations had to be taken to Hull Foodbank in two car journeys because there was so much.

“We’re definitely going to do it again next year and the aim is to double the donations to help even more people in crisis. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the appeal and helped to make it such a success.”

Hull Foodbank is based in King Edward Street, Hull city centre, and opened in 2011. It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

The charity gave 5,592 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis in 2016/17 and it has 21 volunteers.

Russ Barlow, Manager at Hull Foodbank, said: “The donation from Sewell on the go has helped around 60 people for between three days and a week, so it’s an absolutely brilliant effort.

“We’d like to thank all staff and customers for their support. We couldn’t do what we do without donations such as this.

“Every week, we have someone who hasn’t eaten for a day or two and mums who don’t eat because they give the food to their children. Some have the horrible choice of eating or heating and people don’t know what to do. They have to make really difficult choices.

“These are meals that people otherwise wouldn’t have had and it’s a brilliant time to make a donation now.

“There were a lot of toiletries and chocolate treats in the donation too, which is great because we can make up Christmas bags and that’s a massive morale boost for people.”

For more information about the charity and the support it offers, visit www.hull.foodbank.org.uk

Love is in the air for Sewell on the go employee after proposing to girlfriend on forecourt site

They first met when she stopped at Sewell on the go for a coffee on her way to work.

Now, 16 months on, Sewell on the go Sales Assistant Craig Godfrey and Laura Orr are about to tie the knot after Craig got down on one knee in the Holderness Road store and asked for her hand in marriage.

The couple had spent the day in York, where Craig secretly bought the engagement ring, on the day of the proposal.

He managed to sneak into a jewellery shop on his own and pick out the perfect ring, hiding it in his jacket pocket as they made their way back to Hull.

Stopping at Sewell on the go later that day, Craig managed to convince Laura they were stopping for coffee before he placed a ‘marry me’ charm in a gift-wrapped box next to her as she chose the hot drinks – the exact location where they first met.

Stunned, Laura turned around to find Craig on one knee with the ring, but happily accepted and the couple are now planning their special day in summer 2019.

Craig, 29, who has worked for Sewell on the go for more than five years and is currently studying a sports science degree to become a PE teacher, said: “I remember the day Laura came into the store on her way to work in July last year.

“We chatted at first, then became friends on Facebook and through text, and here we are now.

“Her first word after I popped the question was ‘really?’ before she actually said ‘yes’, as she was so shocked and a bit shaky.

“My work colleagues didn’t have a clue and I only asked her dad the day before, as I wanted to keep it quiet.

“Once I’d asked her, it was like a weight had been lifted. I wanted to ask her in the place where we first met.

“I’m delighted and I know she is the one.”

The couple, who have three children between them, live in east Hull and plan to spend 2018 saving to enjoy their special day the following year.

Although the proposal, which was captured on the store’s CCTV, happened on October 26th, they plan to celebrate the occasion with family and friends in the New Year.

Laura, 33, a carer, said: “I didn’t see it coming at all, but it’s brilliant and so romantic. How many people can say they have their proposal on CCTV?

“I still can’t believe it has happened. I’m over the moon and it’s time to start planning.

“Apparently, I was in the next shop when he bought the ring in York. I was waiting for him to find a cash machine and he was longer than expected, but I didn’t think anything of it. Then we came back to Hull and he had put so much thought into the proposal.

“It wasn’t a cliché and it was personal to us because it’s where we first met. I didn’t know he had it in him. I’d like to get a venue booked and then it will be all systems go. We are so happy.”

Store Manager Sue Abbott said she was delighted for Craig and Laura and wished them a lifetime of happiness as they plan their future together.

She said: “I think it’s fantastic. When you look back at the CCTV, you can see how nervous Craig was. We’ve never had anything like this happen in the store. We are really happy for them.”

Sewell on the go helps people in crisis as the festive season approaches

A leading East Yorkshire forecourt operator is collecting food and toiletries to help people in crisis over the festive period.

Sewell on the go has put collection points in place at four of its larger sites for donations to the Hull Foodbank, which provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people referred to the charity in crisis.

The charity is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

As well as the business donating items to the collection, customers are being encouraged to support the cause and help make a difference to those in need as Christmas approaches.

Emma Kordhaku, Sales Manager at Sewell on the go, said: “We believe this is the right thing to do and it’s helping people who are in crisis in our local community.

“No one should have to struggle at any time of the year, but Christmas can be especially difficult and we really want to help make a difference.

“Tinned and dried food, as well as toiletries, are ideal and it will be wonderful if our customers can join us in supporting this fantastic charity. The Hull Foodbank is there for people at the most difficult times in their lives.

“If this collection is successful, we’d like to make it an annual appeal.”

The collections points are in place at Sewell on the go stores in Chanterlands Avenue, Sutton, South Cave and Hull West on the A63 at North Ferriby.

Items can be dropped off at any of the four stores, which are open 24/7, up to December 1st when they will be delivered to the charity in King Edward Street, Hull city centre, in time to help people over the festive period.

The Hull Foodbank, which opened in 2011, gave 5,592 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis in 2016/17 and the charity has 21 volunteers.

Russ Barlow, Manager at Hull Foodbank, said: “As Christmas approaches, there is always an increase in referrals of people needing emergency food.

“It’s often a very difficult time of year when struggling individuals and families feel their issues more acutely.

“The donation from Sewell on the Go, and the hard work of Emma who arranged it, is so welcome as we rise to the challenge of helping people in the coming weeks.

“I’d like to offer our thanks to Sewell on the Go, as these kind donations will make such a difference towards our clients who would otherwise go hungry over the festive period.”

For more information about the Hull Foodbank and the support it offers, visit www.hull.foodbank.org.uk

Safer on the go 2017

It’s back! Our annual Safer on the go campaign has come around again and we’re here to help you get ready for the winter season!

Over the next month, we will be sharing our best hints and tips on how you can take care of your car and yourself when driving and also whilst on our forecourts, as well as sharing great offers for you to grab!

Each fortnight will focus on different aspects of car safety, these will include:

  • Save fuel & car care fortnight – 16th October to 27th October
  • Mobile phone safety fortnight – 30th October to 10th November
  • Forecourt & Road Safety Fortnight – 13th November to 26th November

Throughout our campaign, we will again be getting the help of our talented school neighbours to come up with creative, road safety posters that we will be displaying at each of our forecourts.

Keep your eye out for more on our social media platforms and stay safe this Autumn and Winter!

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