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02 Aug 2018
Stagecoach East Midlands have donated £500 to the British Heart Foundation charity in memory of one of their employees.
Adrian Ball, who was a bus driver from Mansfield, sadly passed away in April due to cardiac failure and systematic vasculitis.
The father of 2 joined Stagecoach 22 years ago, and was a popular member of the team in Mansfield.
Stagecoach donated £500 to the British Heart Foundation in his memory. Adrian’s colleagues also presented a cheque to his family, which they are donating to Vasculitis UK.
His colleagues organised a collection and charity football match, which is now set to become an annual event in memory of Adrian.
Operations Manager Keith Elliott said: “Adrian was always cheerful and had a smile for all his colleagues and customers. If you asked anyone who knew him what their lasting memory would be, they would undoubtedly say his smile. We hope to support British Heart Foundation in their effort to fight heart related illnesses in Adrian’s memory.’
Derek Kilgariff, Fundraising Manager in Derbyshire at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Thank you so much to Stagecoach Mansfield Depot for their generous donation, which will help the BHF fund life-saving research to keep hearts beating and blood flowing.
“Their donation will make a real difference to people’s lives. There are an estimated 25,000 people in Mansfield and Ashfield alone, living with heart or circulatory problems, and we applaud companies like Stagecoach who will help the British Heart Foundation beat heartbreak forever.”
The British Heart Foundation is leading the fight against heart and circulatory disease in the UK, which is responsible for nearly 160,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes. Through such fundraising efforts the British Heart Foundation are able to fund new research, which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.