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Stagecoach drivers 'SNAAP' up funds for local charity

15 Jul 2019

A team of Stagecoach bus drivers got tough and muddy to raise money for a local special needs children’s charity.

The ten strong team raised over £2,000 for the Herne Bay charity, called SNAAP (Special Needs Advisory and Activities Project), which provides services for children with special needs and their families.

The fund raising effort was organised by bus driver Lee Conner, who inspired his colleagues to take part in the gruelling 10 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course. Lee, father of five who has been a bus driver for nearly four years, had the idea after he got talking to a member of SNAAP staff at a bus stop.

“I’m just about to turn 40 and I was thinking about doing something that I’d never done before. One morning I was waiting at a bus stop and got talking to a SNAAP worker, Lizzie, who told me all about the charity and that they really needed some help raising funds. She inspired me to do it for them” said Lee.

The team successfully completed the London West Tough Mudder in May and managed to raise over £1,500 in sponsorship. Stagecoach boss, Joel Mitchell, was so impressed by the team effort he stepped in to arrange for the company to top-up the amount by a further £500.

The charity, based at the Windchimes centre on Reynolds Close, Herne Bay, was started in 2003 with a mission to help provide much needed services and support for local children with every kind of special need.

SNAAP Manager, Carrie Wood said “As a small charity we rely solely on fundraising and donations. Support from our local community means a lot to us and this money will really help us to make a difference to local children with special needs. Big thanks to Stagecoach and the team for what they’ve done.”

The Stagecoach Tough Mudder squad hope to repeat their efforts again next year with a mission to raise even more money for the charity. The team of ten are all based at Stagecoach’s Canterbury and Herne Bay depot.
500x333SNAAPThe ten Stagecoach Tough Mudders in action (left to right): Darren Crippen, Matt Ryder, Mark Huckstep, Rob Istead, Chris Epps, Matt Amos, Sean Gibbons, Gareth Newton, Jack Brooks and Lee Connor.