Stagecoach delivers seasonal cheer to Pilgrims
Posted on 13 December 2016
Stagecoach South East has been celebrating the anniversary of 100 years in service throughout 2016 with several of their fleet branded in the original maroon and cream livery. To mark the occasion, a range of exclusive centenary merchandise was produced for sale at various events across the region and from the travel shop at Canterbury bus station. The merchandise was unveiled at this year’s ever-popular Herne Bay Bus and sold in aid of Pilgrims Hospices.
The Stagecoach team has continued to sell the collectables to keen enthusiasts resulting in a wonderful donation of £3066.23 which was presented to Pilgrims staff at London Road by Managing Director, Philip Norwell and Marketing Manager, Rebecca Day.
Stagecoach has chosen Pilgrims to be its charity of the year for the past three years which has proved to be a very productive relationship. As part of the support, a bus was painted in the Pilgrims livery with particular emphasis on the specialist nursing care that the charity provides.
Stagecoach has been an excellent supporter of Pilgrims Hospices since 2013.
Deborah Kellond, Community Fundraising Manager, comments: “Stagecoach has been an excellent supporter of Pilgrims Hospices since 2013. Their staff have really embraced the relationship and the work that we do by taking part in some of our signature fundraising events and by giving us the opportunity to engage with the general public. Volunteer teams at the Herne Bay Bus Rally and at the Spitfire Ground Fireworks courtesy of the Park & Ride team collected over £1500 for hospice care.
“The bus acts as a mobile advertisement for the service that we provide and is a strong reminder to people that their help can make so much difference to hospice patients and their families.”
Philip Norwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach South East said: “As a major public service provider throughout east Kent we believe that supporting our local community is extremely important. Our own staff put a great deal of effort into supporting local charities and good causes and choosing a local organisation like Pilgrims Hospices to partner has always seemed very fitting.
“Pilgrims has three hospices in areas where we have local depots. The lives of many of our employees and their families have been touched by the important work that the charity does. We were delighted to be able to do something significant for Pilgrims during our centenary year. “
Stagecoach also sponsored a team of fundraisers this year, one being a bus driver, who customised a car, called it “Herbie Rides Again” and drove to Spain in an adventure rally called “Benidorm or Bust”. They recently presented a cheque for £2750 to Pilgrims Hospices.
To find out more about how you can support Pilgrims Hospices, please visit events and challenges or call your local Pilgrims fundraising team.