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26 Jul 2018
Grimsby Town Cricket Club and Stagecoach Unite(d) went head to head on the 24th June, raising £2,500 for the British Heart Foundation
Stagecoach East Midlands bus drivers Johnny Kemp and David McMullan, from Grimsby raised £2,500 in memory of one of their colleagues Andy Taylor, who sadly passed away earlier this year from heart complications.
The charity cricket match between Stagecoach employees and Grimsby Town Cricket Club 1st team was widely attended with spectators enjoying the Bouncy Castle, Refreshments, BBQ, Raffle, Children’s Entertainment, Hattie the Playbus and the Clubhouse Bar.
Community spirit was high, with over 90 prizes and vouchers kindly donated to the raffle by the public, local businesses and Stagecoach employees. Stagecoach East Midlands donated £500 towards the charity, which helped to raise a staggering £2,500 in total for the British Heart Foundation.
Grimsby Town Cricket Club came away as winners with vows from both sides to meet again for a re-match.
The sponsored event took part at Grimsby Town Cricket Club and is part of Stagecoach’s endeavour to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. In May 2018, Stagecoach East Midlands’ Health and Wellbeing team took home two awards from the North Lincolnshire Council’s Healthy Workplace Awards for their health based initiatives. The Company is continuing to lead the way in promoting a healthy lifestyle for employees.
The event was organised by Johnny Kemp, David McMullan and Yvonne Gallagher, who came up with the idea to raise money for the charity because it is close to their hearts.
Johnny Kemp, Co-organiser of the event and Bus Driver at Stagecoach, said: “We have a health and wellbeing programme at work and also organise group activities to improve fitness. We’ve recently had a few colleagues taken seriously ill with heart related problems and unfortunately one workmate has sadly passed away. For this reason we wanted to support the British Heart Foundation as our chosen charity for this year’s fundraising event.”
Sponsors included: Grimsby Town Cricket Club, Stagecoach, Unite the Union, The Icing Cabin (local baker), Crawshaws Butchers (local butcher), 1st Choice Fun – Bouncy Castle (local events).
Following the success of the Charity Cricket Match, GTCC and Stagecoach Unite(d) plan to make it an annual event and GTCC have already expressed their intent to add it to next year’s fixture list as a priority.