09 Feb 2016
STAGECOACH RAISES THOUSANDS FOR CHARITY OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
Stagecoach took part in a number of activities over Christmas and New Year for local charities and could not quite believe the final total. Over £3,500 was raised for local charities including the Rockinghorse, Brighton, Macmillan Cancer, and St Wilfred’s Hospice in Basingstoke.
The majority of cash was raised on board the Santa buses which the company customise each year. They have buckets on each bus for passenger donations but also organised additional activity such as bake offs and ‘Christmas jumper ‘days to maximise the fundraising.
Stagecoach launched Worthing’s Santa bus on Rockinghorse’s ‘Dress as an Elf’ day with the Brighton Wheel lit up for the occasion and took the winning spot for the most amount of money raised aboard the 2015 Santa buses.
Analiese Doctrove, Head of Fundraising for Rockinghorse, said “We were delighted to have been chosen by stagecoach to benefit from the Santa Bus in 2015. The generosity of everyone involved has been overwhelming and the money raised will go towards ongoing projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and Trevor Mann Baby Unit.”
Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Rockinghorse raises money for life-saving and cutting-edge medical equipment, whilst also ensuring that children are treated in an environment better suited to their needs. To find out more about their work, visit www.rockinghorse.org.uk
Worthing’s Operations Manager, Colin Ashcroft was astounded by the generosity of staff and passengers, he said of his team “they love to get involved with fundraising for charity, and the Santa bus is so rewarding because you see so many smiles and get so much positive feedback from passengers. “
Indeed Stagecoach’s enthusiasm for fundraising seems boundless as, soon after the festive fundraising was over, Santa’s elves and their helpers, were concocting new ways to raise money for charity. Colin adds "Franca Russell who works in the travel office wanted to take part in the Worthing Race for life, after some chance conversations with other female staff she joined forces with a driver Claire Baron to organise an all female team. Worthing is lucky to have an unusually high percentage of female staff and they're all looking forward to getting involved with Franca and Claire's jog, run or march for Cancer Research in June"
Stagecoach and their staff like to get involved in charitable activity and always look to make the bus more accessible. They are proud to have previously, launched the country’s first long-term nationwide discount for jobseekers, giving those with a JobCentre Plus travel card a 50% discount on their bus travel to help them find employment. Since 2012 the offer has benefitted over 350,000 job seekers and is funded entirely by Stagecoach without any public sector support.
Full details Stagecoach’s current tickets, timetables, promotions and general information can be found here: www.stagecoachbus.com