Stagecoach East Midlands is supporting military personnel past and present this Remembrance Sunday (12 November 2017).
This year, Stagecoach East Midlands is donating £500 to The Royal British Legion and poppies will be sent to each depot for staff who wish to wear them with pride for Remembrance Day. On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November staff will be asked to respect the minute’s silence at 11am, where possible.
Over the next few weeks Stagecoach East Midlands is allowing any Royal British Legion fundraiser to travel free on bus services to help with collecting funds for the Poppy Appeal and raise awareness of the hard work by the charity for our service personnel and their families. Buses will also feature posters encouraging users to text to donate to the Royal British Legion.
On Remembrance Sunday Stagecoach East Midlands will also be offering free travel to armed forces personnel carrying a military ID card and to veterans wearing the veteran’s badge.
Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
With Remembrance services planned at memorials across the region it is hoped that personnel wishing to pay their respects will take up the offer to travel across the East Midlands to the service of their choice.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said; “Once again, we are proud to be supporting Remembrance Sunday in this way by enabling British Legion fundraisers to travel on the bus free of charge. We also have a ‘Poppy Bus’ running on routes across the region all year round as a visual tribute to the millions of men and women who have served and continue to serve with our armed forces in past and present conflicts.
“Through our continued support we hope we can send a clear message to our Armed Forces communities in the East Midlands that we appreciate and recognise the commitment they have made to our country over the years.”
Stagecoach Group signed the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in support of the Armed Forces Community in 2017. As a signatory of the Covenant, the company recognises the value serving personnel; regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to both the country and businesses across the country.