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08 Jun 2021
In 2020, the transport operator celebrated its partnership with Demelza with the unveiling of a specially branded bus.
The double-decker bus – which features Demelza’s distinctive clown and red dot design – has been serving routes across East Kent following its unveiling at the charity’s Sittingbourne Hospice last year.
Stagecoach has pledged to continue its partnership with Demelza for an additional year, as lockdown restrictions and limits on social gatherings last year led to the cancellation of planned fundraising events.
In line with the government’s roadmap out of lockdown and decreasing infection rates across the country, the company is now back to issuing change on its buses. Customers are still asked to use contactless, mobile, pre-payment methods or have exact change for their fare wherever possible.
Joel Mitchell, Managing Director at Stagecoach South East, said: "We introduced the measure as part of a whole range of responses to the pandemic to help protect our customers and our colleagues.
“One of the big positives to come out of the past year has been the huge financial support this scheme has provided to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers for raising such a fantastic amount for the charity during a time when their fundraising revenue has been severely squeezed.”