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Stagecoach East Midlands present second cheque to childrens charity

01 Nov 2016

Stagecoach East Midlands present second cheque to children’s charity

Stagecoach East Midlands have presented a £1,000 cheque to children’s charity Dreams Come True, the second time they have done so this year. 

The bus company hosted the Skegness Seasiders’ Dream Tea Party in August to raise money for Dreams Come True. The charity helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions to fulfill a dream.

Having raised £1,000 from the tea party, the Stagecoach team presented a cheque to Sebastian, a Dream’s child, and his family. 

Sebastian has severe autism with complex difficulties. He is a huge fan of Jamie Oliver’s and loves his 15-minute meals DVDs. His favourite episode is when Jamie makes a chocolate cake so it is now Sebastian’s dream to make a huge chocolate cake with Jamie.  

The tea party helped raise money to aid dreams like Sebastian’s and saw families enjoy face painting, teas, coffees and cakes, magic shows, balloon modeling, music and tombola. 

In addition, children and adults played ‘Splat the Manager’. Stagecoach East Midlands Operations Manager, Ian Naylor, bravely volunteered to be pelted with sponges and encouraged other team members to take part.  

The tea party allowed people to collect Skegness Seasider souvenirs whilst helping to raise money for Dreams Come True. 

Earlier this year, £1,000 was raised for Dreams Come True through the launch of the Skegness Seasiders and sale of the buses’ adventure storybooks. 

Michelle Hargreaves, Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director, said: “The Skegness Tea Party was a great success and we were pleased to see so many people come along and support Dreams Come True. It was a proud moment for us today to be able to present Dreams Come True with a cheque for £1,000.” 

“As a company, we strive to support local charities and communities and we feel proud to be able to present this second cheque to Dreams Come True. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Seasiders activities this season. Your generous donations will allow children to fulfill their dreams.” 

Helen Brownstone, Director of Fundraising and Marketing for Dreams Come True, said: “We are delighted and very grateful for Stagecoach East Midlands’ support for Dreams Come True. Children all over the UK with serious and life-limiting conditions will benefit from money raised from Dream Teas.”

sebastianPhoto 1: (Front, L-R) Ian Naylor (Operations Manager at Skegness), Roanna Scott (Marketing Assistant), John and Sebastian (Dreams Come True Family) standing in front of Rocky the Seasider. 
(On the bus, L-R) Barbara holding Jack, Lisa holding Oliver (Dreams family) and Louise Wright (Publicity Officer)

Photo 2: Sebastian with his Jamie Oliver Cake on his 16th Birthday