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03 Jan 2017
The Basingstoke Christmas appeal has raised more than £1,000 for St Michael's Hospice, thanks to the generosity of passengers who travelled on the specially decorated 'Santa Bus'.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Santa was behind the wheel of a Stagecoach bus, which served all areas across Basingstoke, raising money for the Hospice.
Martin Gibbon, Operations Manager for the Basingstoke area said that the traditionally decorated Santa Bus, complete with festive music and gifts for children, and driven by Santa himself , proved popular with customers, particularly families.
He added: “Our drivers are more than happy to help spread festive cheer, while our passengers always give generously and the younger children in particular enjoy seeing Santa driving their bus.
I’m really proud of our local Santa bus drivers, Dave Flower and Paul Govey, for going above and beyond, and really getting into the Christmas spirit all in the name of charity.Both have helped to raise a fantastic amount for St Michael's Hospice.”
Daisy Mitchell, Community fundraising Manager for St Michaels Hospice said "“We are so delighted that the Santa Bus was such a huge success. I can confirm that this year, the fundraising campaign has raised the wonderful sum of £1,005 which is truly fantastic”.
She added “The people of Basingstoke were so generous and helped to raise a fantastic amount of money for St. Michael’s Hospice. It's always a joy to be part of such a fantastic community event. I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who supported the Santa Bus. I would also like to say thank you to Stagecoach and to Santa himself who helped make this year’s event so successful.”
Anyone wishing to support the hospice can visit www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk or call 01256 844744 for information.
Pictured with the Santa Bus are (L-R) St Michael's Hospice staff Peter Whewell (Fundraising Volunteer) & Jackie Ridge (Corporate Partnership & Legacy Manager) with Stagecoach's Mark Jackson, Martin Gibbon and Santa (aka Dave Flower).