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21 Mar 2017

A bright yellow daffodil bus displaying tributes to local people was on hand in Lincoln to help Marie Curie raise vital funds for the cancer charity as part of the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Stagecoach East Midlands launched the eye-catching Daffodil Bus last year and raised £2,050 for Marie Curie by encouraging people whose lives have been affected by cancer to submit personal messages to be printed on the side of the double decker bus. 

The Daffodil Bus was at the Cornhill Quarter in Lincoln on 15th March 2017 between 10am and 4pm. The Stagecoach team were on-hand to answer any questions people may have had about Lincoln bus services and the Marie Curie team were also there collecting donations, raising a total of £480.  

Stagecoach raised £180 through holding games that people could play to win a variety of prizes including dayrider tickets by throwing bean-bags through a hoop of daffodil petals.  

It’s all part of supporting the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal, which is Marie Curie’s largest annual fundraising campaign. The bus features messages from people wanting to show their support for, or pay tribute to a family member or friend.
The messages pay respect to loved ones that have been lost to terminal illnesses, many of which were submitted by residents of Lincolnshire and include touching declarations such as; ‘In memory of a wonderful daughter, wife and friend. Leonie Fleur Rosling. Always in our thoughts’ and ‘In memory of Baz Hayes a warm, kind, loving and funny Dad and Grandad who loved his buses. Love Emma, Nick, Anna and Joe.’ 
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We were delighted to bring the daffodil bus to Lincoln for the day, enabling Marie Curie to raise a total of £480. The team had fun meeting with passengers, informing people about our Lincoln bus services and encouraging everyone to play the games, all for a good cause! 
“The bus has not only raised money for an incredible charity, it raises awareness of the vital work that Marie Curie does for people across our region – providing care and support to people affected by terminal illness.”
Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with terminal illness and their families. 
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.
The Daffodil Bus will be going on tour throughout the year, visiting various towns and cities across the region. The Daffodil Bus will be travelling to the following locations, finishing in Lincoln: 

Skegness – 27th March to 24th April

Grimsby – 24th April to 22nd May

Hull – 22nd May to 19th June

Scunthorpe – 19th June to 17th July

Gainsborough – 17th July to 7th August

Worksop – 7th August to 4th September

Mansfield – 4th September to 25th September

Newark – 25th September to 16th October when it will return to Lincoln.

daffyPhoto caption Students from Lincoln College who volunteered their time to help raise money on the High Street for Marie Curie.