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Stagecoach in Oxfordshire employee recognised at annual champions award

06 Dec 2018

 Stagecoach employee wins at national champions awardPictured: Oxford Operations Managers, Abbey Pettigrew.

A Stagecoach in Oxfordshire employee was among the winners at this month’s annual Stagecoach Group Champions Awards.

The awards – now in their ninth year – recognise excellence over six areas including Safety, Health, Community, Customer Service, Environment and Innovation.

At this year’s ceremony Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Operations Manager for the Oxford depot, Abbey Pettigrew, was awarded the Bronze Health Champion award.

Winners at the event represented Stagecoach Group’s bus and rail businesses in the UK and North America. All received a trophy, cash prize and a two night stay in London incorporating the award ceremony.

Abbey was awarded the bronze place for her work in getting the Oxford depot fit and healthy. Described by her colleagues as  a "health warrior", Abbey has dedicated a lot of time devising and organising a number of her own healthy initiatives to assist in her mission.

Abbey’s initiatives include free fruit days for staff and a notice board in the canteen which she has turned into a healthy hub that hosts information such as sign-up sheets to local fun runs, details on how to join the Stagecoach fitness group on the Strava fitness app, and the dates and times of visits from health and wellbeing charities to the depot.

Abbey has also challenged staff to create a healthy version of their favourite takeaway in a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style challenge to find simple ways to make their favourite dishes more balanced. Abbey is also the first to sign up to the 'Santa run', a fun run sponsored by Stagecoach in Oxfordshire to raise money for local children's hospice Helen & Douglas House and drives the efforts to get the rest of the team to take part.

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Managing Director Chris Coleman said: “I am delighted for Abbey and would like to congratulate her on this award which is thoroughly deserved.

“Abbey makes a real difference to our business and I would like to thank her for her commitment to encouraging all staff to make better choices for their health and wellbeing."

More than 200 Stagecoach employees have been presented with Champions Awards over the past nine years.

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