Win a storytime with Mister Maker

by Liz Nicholls

It will be a fairytale ending for one lucky class coming top for green travel or reading – when they win a storytelling session with the star of CBeebies’ Mister Maker.

That’s the top prize in a competition launched by children’s charity the KM Charity Team, which runs green travel and literacy services for schools.

The announcement coincides with National Storytelling Week which kicks off on Saturday with events for families to celebrate and share the magic of a good story.

Phil Gallagher (star of CBeebies' Mister Maker) and KM Charity Team mascot Ted the bear.

Phil Gallagher (star of CBeebies' Mister Maker) and KM Charity Team mascot Ted the bear.

Schools participating in the reading reward scheme Buster’s Book Club or walk to school programme Active Wow are eligible to enter the competition. All they have to do is encourage pupils to make an extra effort to walk to school or meet their reading targets on the competition date of Wednesday, February 7.

Classes top in their district will win annual passes to Kent leisure attraction Leeds Castle - but only one school will get to host the storytime with Mister Maker.

Phil Gallagher, who presents the arts and crafts television programme for children, will reward the pupils with a reading of their favourite tale.

The competition takes place just after National Storytelling Week, which runs from Saturday, January 27 to Saturday, February 3.

KM Charity Team chief executive Simon Dolby said: “This is our second prizewinning challenge of the year – this week we will be giving away Wildwood tickets, and later in February vouchers for Planet Ice skating rink will be up for grabs.

“Phil’s visits always go down an absolute treat – and it just so happens that this contest coincides with a national celebration of storytelling.

“No matter how much you like reading by yourself, there’s something special about being read to. It turns a book into a shared experience, a story that you’re discovering together and each bringing your own perspective to.

“And with authors who some children might find difficult to read, maybe Shakespeare and Dickens, reading aloud helps you to cut through comprehension difficulties and uncover the heart of the story.”

Organisations supporting the KM Charity Team’s work with schools include London Borough of Bexley, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Countrystyle Recycling, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Golding Homes, Orbit, Specsavers, Eurostar, Maidstone Borough Council, Ashford Borough Council, Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, and Volker Highways.

To find out more about the children’s educational charity, visit

Go to to join the home reading scheme, or to sign up to Active Wow.

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