15 Nov 2018
Stagecoach East Midlands employee Barrie Parkinson, from Skegness was among the winners at the annual Stagecoach Group Champions Awards.
The awards – now in their ninth year – recognise excellence over six areas including Safety, Health, Community, Customer Service, Environment and Innovation.
Winners at the event represented Stagecoach Group’s bus and rail businesses in the UK and North America . All received a trophy, cash prize and a two night stay in London incorporating the award ceremony.
At this year’s ceremony Stagecoach East Midlands employee Barrie Parkinson was awarded a Special Champions award.
Skegness bus driver Barrie Parkinson has been recognised for his selfless actions on what was a harrowing day for him personally. He was involved in a head on collision, suffering life-threatening injuries. As a result, he was airlifted to hospital and it was thought almost certain that he would lose his life after the trauma his body went through. But even though he had his legs crushed in the cab and suffered so deeply, his first reaction was to look up and check on his passengers and to phone through to control and report the incident. No-one thought he would walk again but he has overcome challenge after challenge and is now able to stand, albeit for a limited time, despite being scarred all over his body for life. Colleagues say that "he deserves to be recognised for his efforts that day and the spirit he has shown in his recovery."
Stagecoach East Midlands Managing Director Matt Cranwell said: “I am delighted that Barrie has been recognised for this heroic act and congratulate him on this award which is thoroughly deserved.
More than 200 Stagecoach employees have been presented with Champions Awards over the past nine years.
Image: Chris Kelk (Skegness Traffic Controller) and Barrie Parkinson
Image: Martin Griffiths (Stagecoach Chief Executive) and Chris Kelk (Skegness Traffic Controller)