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11 Jul 2019
A South West Falcon coach has been decorated with Elmer graphics, in celebration of the Parade and to encourage people from across the region to travel to the Elmer trail.
The family friendly public art event and trail will be in Plymouth and surrounding areas from 8 July to 16 September. The parade, which includes 40 unique and colourfully painted elephants, is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the area, raising vital funds for local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.
People will be able to spot the colourful Falcon as it travels up and down the M5, from Plymouth to Bristol City Centre via Exeter and Bristol Airport. The Elmer bus will be in service from 8 July to 16 September.
The South West Falcon connects major locations across the South West. Operating 19 journeys a day, 7 days a week, the service allows passengers to travel to their chosen destinations in comfort both day and night.
Stagecoach South West has also sponsored a seaside themed Elmer, to promote sustainability, and a Pride in Plymouth Elmer to celebrate diversity and difference.
Stagecoach South West Managing Director, Bob Dennison said: “We are delighted to be supporting Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth and helping raise funds to support the vital services St Luke’s provide. We’re looking forward to seeing the Elmer themed Falcon bus, as it travels from Plymouth to Bristol, and we hope it will encourage people to find out more about the trail and visit Plymouth.”
St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides care and support for people with a life-limiting illness and their families across Plymouth, South West Devon and South East Cornwall.
Elmer’s Big Parade will conclude with a Grand Charity Auction on October 9th, where the hand-painted sculptures will be sold, enabling St Luke’s to continue providing its outstanding compassionate care for the 3500 plus patients and families that the charity cares for annually either at home, in hospital or at its specialist unit at Turnchapel.