01 Feb 2015
Bus drivers from a Hartlepool bus depot have raised hundreds for charity by spreading some Christmas cheer as they drove their buses during the run up to Christmas.
Drivers at local bus operator Stagecoach North East dressed as Father Christmas and Scrooge, bringing a smile to the faces of young and old passengers alike and encouraging them to dig deep for their chosen charities. This year, passengers showed generosity in their hundreds, with staff collecting £1,020 for Daisy Chain.
Bus driver Keith Bagguley said: “Daisy Chain is a wonderful cause working so hard in our local community and we are very proud to have helped them in this way. We would like to thank our passengers for supporting us and giving as generously as they did on their travels and hope we made their journey a little more fun and festive.”
During their shifts additional bus drivers from the company’s Hartlepool depot handed out gifts such as rock sweets, miniature reindeer and snowman bugs with a Christmas message to help make the journeys for passengers even jollier.
Judith Haysmore, Daisy Chain Chief Executive: “It is a great pleasure to once again be able to thank Stagecoach for their support. We are a relatively small local charity and engagement with businesses like this, which are active and thriving in communities like Hartlepool, is of massive importance to us. Without their long-standing and continued support we would simply be unable to provide some of the services our desperate families need.”
Janine Fowley, Operations Manager at the Hartlepool depot, said: “We are always happy to support our drivers in their fundraising efforts and would like to commend them on their dedication to making a difference during the festive period. I’d also like to thank all our passengers and the rest of the depot for giving so generously. Seeing Santa Claus driving the buses puts a smile on everyone’s face and is great fun for all involved.”
Across the six Stagecoach depots, staff raised an impressive £19,315 for various charities over the festive period, which included a donation for each depot from Stagecoach North East.
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