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Today (September 8), television presenter, Philippa Forrester will launch a new award scheme, offering people the chance to say a special thank you to those who use their cars for the benefit of others.

The new campaign, launched in association with Green Flag Motoring Assistance, seeks to recognise motorists who selflessly use their vehicles for the greater good of others and allows the public to say a special thanks to their hero, by coming forward and telling their own unique story.

The year-long initiative, spearheaded by Philippa Forrester on behalf of the breakdown assistance provider, begins today with a nationwide search to find the ‘Motoring Hero’ of 2004-05.

A panel of judges, including Philippa Forrester, will shortlist a selection of deserving motoring heroes for the national title of the ‘Motoring Hero.’ The most deserving hero will not only walk away with this prestigious award, but also win an all expenses paid holiday to motor along Route 66 in America.

Philippa says: “This initiative is a fantastic idea and is the perfect way to thank those special motorists who constantly put others first and use their cars to make a real difference. There’s sure to be so many deserving heroes out there, so we want people to come forward to tell us their stories and nominate their own deserving motoring heroes.”

Green Flag’s motoring heroes could be those people in the community who often play a part in saving lives and helping local communities, such as paramedics, fire officers, district nurses, or they could be volunteers who regularly use their vehicles to assist less able people, such as the elderly, disabled or sick.

Alternatively, it could be a parent who takes children to after-school classes, or a person who has helped someone in desperate need, such as an expectant mother, or someone injured in an accident and in need of urgent hospital attention. If you want to say a big thank you to your motoring hero, Green Flag wants to hear your story.

You can find out more and nominate your motoring hero, by logging on to the Green Flag website at Alternatively, you can send any postal entries to Green Flag Motoring Heroes, Public Relations Department
Fifth floor, The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ or call 08705 100 701.

Green Flag will be donating 50p from every call to the Make a Wish Foundation, who grant the wishes of children aged 3 to 18 living with life-threatening illnesses.
Notes to editors:
Five finalists will be selected by Green Flag’s celebrity panel and not only will each regional winner receive a substantial prize, but nominators will also be rewarded for recognising the good in their own motoring hero.
An overall national winner will be selected next spring and awarded their fantastic ‘dream’ prize.
Terms and conditions of entry are available at
Images from the competition launch photocall are available from the Press Association 0207 963 4073.
About Green Flag:
Green Flag Motoring Assistance provides roadside rescue and recovery to almost 5m customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Customers have access to a national network of independent recovery agents and 6,000 qualified technicians.
Green Flag supports the best of British motor racing and is sponsor of the Green Flag British Touring Car Championship .
About Philippa Forrester:
Now a mother of two boys, Philippa Forrester is also a writer and producer, and has recently completed her first film, the award-winning My Halcyon River, which has spawned the book, The River (published on 15 July 2004). Her list of broadcast experience includes presenting Tomorrow’s World, Robot Wars, Heaven & Earth show, Barking Mad, Crufts (2001-4) and BBC’s Millenium Night marathon.

For further press information please contact Liz Cobbold or Karen Heras-Kelly at Propaganda on 0113 223 2500 or email
Alternatively call Nigel Charlesworth at Green Flag on 0113 399 1427/1387 or email

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