16 Feb 2018
Stagecoach East Midlands has today presented a cheque for £500 to the British Heart Foundation in honour of one of their bus drivers.
Andrew Taylor, 46, from Grimsby, tragically passed away in December from a sudden heart attack.
Nearly 200 employees at the Stagecoach East Midlands Grimsby Depot contributed to a collection organised by Yvonne Gallagher, Branch Secretary for Unite at Grimsby depot, in a bid to raise money for Andrew’s wife Rosemarie to provide her with some financial stability at such a tragic time.
Stagecoach was inspired to make a donation in Andrew’s honour to the British Heart Foundation and this was received by their representative, Gary Burr, on 12 February at a presentation. This was attended by Rosemarie, two of Andrew’s closest colleagues Colin Reddy and Steve Doore, and several drivers from Grimsby Depot.
Stagecoach East Midlands is purchasing a CPR training kit from British Heart Foundation and offering training for Stagecoach staff. The company is also running a campaign to highlight the risks around heart disease.
During the summer there are plans to arrange a charity cricket match and BBQ for staff with all funds raided in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Rosemarie said: “The sudden loss of Andrew came as a complete shock to us all. It was not something Andrew or I expected as he had shown no signs of illness. I would like to sincerely thank everyone at the Stagecoach Grimsby Depot for their kindness and support at this very difficult time.
I am delighted that Stagecoach has chosen to support the British Heart Foundation with this donation and future fund raising events, which provide valuable research and help to prevent many more lives being lost due to heart conditions.
It’s really pleasing to hear that the British Heart Foundation will be providing Stagecoach East Midlands with a CPR training kit and highlighting the risks around heart disease.
I would like to say to all of you that heart disease may be preventable in some cases by ensuring that you begin to take the care of your health and wellbeing more seriously.
My hope is that the tragic loss of Andrew will encourage you to engage with the initiatives being offered by the Stagecoach Health and Wellbeing Committee and hopefully prevent another similar tragedy occurring within your families.”
Colin Reddy, one of Andrew’s closest colleagues said “I know that I speak on behalf of all the drivers at Grimsby Depot, when I say that Andrew was a popular and well-liked person, I had the pleasure of knowing him for over 14 years.
He was a true gentleman and would do anything to help out anyone in need. We are all very saddened by his sudden passing and miss him very much. “
The sad loss of Andrew has highlighted the importance of the Health and Wellbeing committee, run by Stagecoach for staff, as well as being a wake up call to other drivers.
The committee, run by Managing Director Michelle Hargreaves and Operations Manager Helen Smith, is vital in providing information and support for employees for both physical and mental health.
The initiative promotes healthy lifestyles, providing staff with ‘Free Fruit Mondays’ and healthy recipes, as well as competitions, screening and events.