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Stagecoach in Oxfordshire donates forgotten change to charity

02 Oct 2017




Unclaimed money left on buses given to Helen and Douglas HousePictured: (L-R) Stagecoach Charity Champions; Gerry and Lea, Community Fundraising Manager for Helen & Douglas House; Lucy Walker, Stagecoach Charity Champions; Colin and Paul


A group of charity champions from Stagecoach in Oxfordshire presented a cheque for over  three thousand pounds to the company’s chosen local charity, Helen & Douglas House, this week.

The amount, which totalled £3,367.42, was the sum of unclaimed money handed into the company's lost property department by drivers and engineering staff over the past 12 months.

All lost property items left on the buses and coaches are retained in lost property for 28 days, after this time any unclaimed items are recycled or handed to charity.

Lucy Walker, Fundraising Manager from Helen & Douglas House, visited the Stagecoach in Oxfordshire depot this week to meet the fleet of charity champions who represent the Banbury, Oxford, Witney and Oxford Tube teams.

Lucy said: “We were astonished that so much money had been left on the buses in Oxfordshire! We're really grateful to the entire team here at Stagecoach for choosing Helen & Douglas House.

“Whether it’s a five-pound note or a five pence piece, every single penny counts in helping us to care for terminally ill young people in our region. The charity relies on voluntary donations to run the hospice service and I want to thank Stagecoach for their continuing contributions.”

Karen Coventry, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Business Development Manager said: “When an item is handed in to lost property it is our priority to reunite a customer with their belongings. We have a great success rate in doing this, however when an item is not claimed after 28 days we have to dispose of it and our preferred option is to support our locally chosen charity.

“The unclaimed cash is made up of loose change and the contents of wallets where we have not been able to trace the owner and have had no contact. We’ve been supporting Helen & Douglas House for over three years now, and in that time, we’ve done everything from supporting the charity’s Rainbow Run to dressing as superheroes on our buses! We’re always looking fun ways to raise money.

“It’s incredible to think such a lot of money gets left on the bus. We always recommend people contact us to see if an item has been handed in. It’s good to know that it’s going to such a worthy cause.”