13 Oct 2016


Stagecoach presents cheque to Marie Curie at Lincoln cathedral 

In support of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2016, Stagecoach East Midlands today presented a cheque for £2050 to Gary Burr from Marie Curie.

Those whose lives have been affected by cancer also attended the presentation, that took place at Lincoln cathedral, and have their own personal touching messages displayed on the side of the daffodil bus. People came from across the country to see their tributes on the side of the bus including a family who were on holiday in Filey. 

The bright yellow bus that displayed touching tributes has been travelling around the region since March 2016 raising awareness of the work achieved by cancer charity Marie Curie.

The money was raised by encouraging people to submit messages to be printed on the double decker ‘daffodil bus’, which visited towns and cities including Lincoln, Grimsby, Hull, Scunthorpe, Gainsborough, Skegness, Worksop and Mansfield. 

Donations have come in from people across the region and tributes to their family and friends are printed on the side of the bus, this raised £850 with Stagecoach’s donation matching that amount.  Staff from the Stagecoach depot in Lincoln also raised £350 at a charity football match played against the Marie Curie football team.

Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to present this cheque to Marie Curie, double the amount that we had initially set out to raise, the bus has been warmly received around the region and has helped raise awareness of the 2016 Great Daffodil Appeal and provide vital funds for an amazing charity that provides care and support to those affected by terminal illness.”

Gary Burr, Community Fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “We are thrilled that Stagecoach has supported our Daffodil appeal through the spring and summer by providing a bus for people to leave their heartfelt tributes, a truly unique way of helping us spread our message and raise valuable funds for the charity.”
Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with terminal illness and their families.  The charity has been carrying out this vital work for over 65 years and last year alone, cared for over 40,000 people across the UK. In Lincolnshire, the charity cared for over 2,000 people and delivered nearly 50,000 hours of care. 
Stagecoach East Midlands has previously worked with the charity to raise awareness and donations. For six years, a Marie Curie branded double-decker bus, was loaned to the charity for special events and photo shoots.

Due to the great success of the campaign, the Daffodil Bus will be touring the region again in the near future. 

Marie Curie(Front) Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, Michelle Hargreaves presents Marie Curie Community Fundraiser Gary Burr with the cheque.

(Behind) People who have donated to the daffodil bus from all over our East Midlands region, plus a few staff from Stagecoach.