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Keep Britain Tidy

23 Feb 2017

Local School children are invited to design new double-decker bus to promote Keep Britain Tidy

Primary school children in the Skegness area have been invited to learn  more about the positive impact they can have on the environment, by taking part in a competition to design a Stagecoach bus for Keep Britain Tidy.

One lucky winner will see their design unveiled on a Stagecoach double-decker bus, inspired by the theme of littering, that will travel in service around the whole of the East Midlands.
The competition marks the return of the Skegness ‘Seasiders’, the popular open-topped buses redesigned by Stagecoach in 2014.  Such is their popularity, that a series of books have been released which bring to life the adventures of the buses. The latest story, to feature the fun characters, even has a litter theme. 

In addition to offering school children the chance to design a bus, Stagecoach has also undertaken to contribute £500 to the school that produces the winning entry, whilst an additional donation of £500 will go to their charity partner Keep Britain Tidy, in an effort to fund an anti-litter campaign. 
In return, the charity will host an educational event at the school, led by spokesperson Tim Knappett, to teach children more about the charity ethos of environmental responsibility. 
The competition has been well received, by the participating schools, with over 150 entries . 

The winner of the competition will be announced and the completed bus will be revealed on 3rd March ,as  part of The Great British Spring Clean 2017, which runs from 3rd-to 5th March 2017. 
A guest speaker from Keep Britain Tidy will be onboard handing out goody bags for participating schools and  reading the brand new 2017 Seasiders storybook, with an exciting tale of one Seasider coming to the rescue when litter causes some real problems. 
Stagecoach’s Michelle Hargreaves said of the scheme “We are delighted with the response to the competition from local primary schools and we have already received many fantastic designs that will make picking a winner a hard task.  
We wanted to show our support for the great work that Keep Britain Tidy is doing to educate the next generation and make people aware of the importance of caring for our environment.  The Keep Britain Tidy design will not only promote the organisation’s work, it will create a fantastic moving spectacle across the East Midlands.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “We are delighted to see that Stagecoach East Midlands have thrown themselves wholeheartedly behind the Great British Spring Clean and are helping make this our biggest and best clean-up ever. By launching a special anti-litter bus in Skegness and publishing a new story book, they're really helping us show the minority who still think it is ok to drop litter, that there are hundreds of thousands of people out there who do not and are willing to do something about it.”