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07 May 2019
Staff at the Stagecoach East Midlands Grimsby depot have pledged to continue their efforts this year to raise funds for British Heart Foundation by carrying out a series of ambitious events and challenges in Grimsby and beyond.
Grimsby employees kick-started their fundraising efforts back in 2018 which included a charity cricket match and a 100 mile walk as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the national charity after several of their colleagues and family members suffered serious heart-related illnesses and received life-changing procedures and treatment.
The decision also came following the tragic loss of one particular member of staff who worked at the bus depot, Andrew Taylor, 46, from Grimsby, who sadly passed away from a sudden heart attack back in 2017. Grimsby staff were rewarded for their amazing fundraising efforts last year by receiving the East Midlands Team of the Year Award.
This year, Stagecoach East Midland staff are ramping-up their efforts with a series of exciting and unique community events to reach their target of £7,500 for this year to help raise funds and awareness for the heart disease charity in honour of their colleagues.
Stagecoach East Midlands are continuing to support Grimsby staff in their impressive fundraising efforts. Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands presented a £1000 cheque to Grimsby depot staff for the British Heart Foundation to help them reach their 2019 target.
He said: “After their outstanding efforts last year to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, I am delighted that Stagecoach East Midlands are able to support staff at the Grimsby depot in their 2019 fundraising efforts. They have lined up another fantastic programme of charity events and we wish them all the best in achieving their target.”
Johnny Kemp, one of the drivers from the Grimsby depot who helped to organise the charity campaign, said: “We were overwhelmed with the amazing support we received from the local community and Stagecoach East Midlands last year and are really excited to continue our fundraising efforts in the coming months. You can help us achieve our target and raise money for this vital charity by taking part in the community fundraising events, buying tickets for our GARGANTUAN RAFFLE to be drawn at our Charity Cricket Match on 14th July, donating to one of our charity boxes and via our JustGiving page. Watch out for posters displayed on the Grimsby Stagecoach Buses for further Information on all our forthcoming events.”
In April, Grimsby staff held a charity auction to win a giant chocolate Easter egg, which was enjoyed by William and Harvey, aged 4, from Grimsby, after their grandfather won with the highest bid of £70. During that month, Stagecoach staff also held a ‘Lieu Day Lottery’, where three members of staff at the Grimsby depot won a day ‘off work’ in the raffle. Members of the ‘Stagecoach Strollers’, who will be completing a 100km charity walk in September, will volunteer to cover these shifts as part of the competition at the depot.