07 Nov 2014
Stagecoach bus drivers, mainly from Leamington Spa and some from Stratford Upon Avon and Rugby, dressed up in Disney and other well known cartoon character costumes on Friday 24th October to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. The drivers acquired their costumes at their own expense.
The event, organised by bus driver David Russell at the Leamington Spa depot, brought many a smile from their customers during the day as they drove on their normal bus routes.
Posters provided by the British Heart Foundation were put in over 60 buses operating from the Stratford depot prior to the event to promote their fundraising for the charity. On the day every Stagecoach bus in the area carried a BHF collecting box for passengers to contribute and £379.25 was raised. A contribution from Stagecoach Midlands brought their total to a round £600.
David Russell said “I would like to say a big thank you to all of the drivers who helped raise money for the British Heart Foundation and it was kind and unexpected of Stagecoach Midlands to give us just over £200. It was great to see how many people care and are willing to give to such a fantastic charity.
Steve Burd, MD of Stagecoach Midlands, said “We are delighted to have helped David and his fellow drivers with their fundraising for such a deserving cause. We believe it is important for us to support our staff in this way as their efforts will often help the local community in which we operate.