Stagecoach Santas will be entertaining passengers on some of its services across South Manchester in the run up to Christmas, by performing a selection of festive classics to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Stagecoach’s own father and son team, Rob and Matt Stennings , have already been out singing for passengers alongside Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital mascot, Humphrey, with generous customers donating to raise money for the hospital at a notoriously expensive time of year.
The Stagecoach Santas will be performing every week day up to and including Christmas Eve across selected Stagecoach Manchester services, while in total there over 50 members of staff dressed as Santa and elves raising money for the RMCH across the region.
Rob and Matt, who also perform separately in elderly care homes across the region, sing classics such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, with all money donated on bus going to Stagecoach Manchester’s charity of the year.
Passengers have also been encourages to share images of the singing Santas using the #StagecoachSantas hashtag.
Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester managing director, said: “The hospital works tirelessly to provide the best possible care and treatment for poorly children in our region and hopefully our Stagecoach Santas can help to spread some festive cheer and raise some much needed funds in the process.
“We know purse strings are tight this time of year but we are always encouraged by the generosity of our staff and customers and hope that Rob and Matt’s performance will see as many people as possible donate aboard our selected services.”
Joel Oxberry, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is delighted to be Stagecoach’s chosen charity partner, and the Stagecoach Santas are an example of how businesses can make these charitable endeavours fun and inclusive for staff and customers alike. We hope that these pursuits will not only raise a few smiles, but much needed donations for poorly children under our care at such a special time of year.”