Stagecoach has revealed a new bus wrap design to commemorate the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack, which, last May, saw 22 innocent lives lost.
The bus has been dedicated to those killed, injured or affected by events last year, as well as to staff at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who treated the majority of children injured in the attack. The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is also Stagecoach’s charity partner.
The design features touching quotes from two children who were treated at the hospital following last year’s attack. 15-year-old Adam, wrote: “The fact I was able to go home earlier than expected was due to the outstanding care and compassion that I received at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.”
Freya, also 15 years old, wrote on the bus: “Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital saved my life, the staff are awesome.”
The design also includes 22 Manchester bees, which have become a widely recognised symbol of the strength that the city demonstrated after the attack. It also features a-text-to-donate number on the rear to encourage local people to help support the pioneering care which takes place at the hospital each day.
Stagecoach Manchester launched their new charity partnership with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital last November. People who do wish to donate £2 to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital can text SCGM18 £2 to 70070.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “The way Greater Manchester has come together as a region, with the considerable support of people across the United Kingdom and beyond, is a firm demonstration that love will ultimately always triumph over hate.
“We’ve created this bus wrap design as both our own way to remember those who were lost or injured in the attack, as well as a symbol of recognition for the everyday heroes, such as hospital employees, the wider emergency services and our own staff who helped with the response. Their combined actions prevented this tragedy from being even worse.”
Sarah Naismith, Head of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity comments: “We are incredibly grateful to Stagecoach and all their employees for the support they have shown to our Children’s Hospital. The whole of Manchester, and beyond, came together following the horrific attack and this commemorative bus is a fitting way to remember all those involved last May.”