Stagecoach

Stagecoach bus support 2015 poppy appeal

02 Nov 2015

  • Decorative poppies fitted to more than 2000 Stagecoach buses
  • Large poppies on display at more than two dozen stations across the South West Trains network
  • Stagecoach Group's bus and rail companies are helping to support the Royal British Legion's 2015 Poppy Appeal.

This week, the company will help staff and passengers honour and remember service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Military personnel and veterans will be carrying out collections at selected stations served by East Midlands Trains and South West Trains.

Nearly 2000 buses across the country will be decorated with a poppy and a donation for each one will be made to the Royal British Legion.

Similarly, South West Trains has placed hundreds of large poppies at 26 stations across the network, while also making a donation to the charity.

Stagecoach bus companies across the UK have also donated a significant amount to the appeal to provide poppies for all drivers who wish to wear them.

South West Trains has dedicated all of its stations to the Royal British Legion from 24 October until 11 November giving the charity exclusive access to collect donations from passengers.

A remembrance service will also be held on 11th November at Waterloo station and staff and passengers across the network will be invited to observe a two minutes silence.

In Sheffield, Stagecoach Supertram will be placing large-sized poppies on 20 trams in memory of the lives lost in action. The company is also providing free travel to past and present Armed Forces personnel travelling across Sheffield on Remembrance Sunday.

Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “Every year we do all we can to support this important cause.

"Some of our staff have served in the Armed Forces and many have service personnel among their family and friends so we’re proud to be-able to support them in this way."

"Arranging these events at our companies helps us to play a part in remembering those who have been lost in action and allows us to pay tribute for the sacrifices made by servicemen and women around the world."

The plans to support serving and retired military personnel follow Stagecoach Group’s signing of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in March this year.

The voluntary Ministry of Defence written covenant recognises the contribution made by service personnel, reservists, veterans and military families to the UK and the value they bring to businesses across the country.

The pledge – which was signed by Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths – commits the Group to upholding the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant which include treating all members of the Armed Forces Community with fairness and respect, and supporting military personnel and their families.

ENDS 

Read about how Stagecoach Group has pledged to continue to support the Armed Forces community.