trentbarton has donated £800 to The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Over 100 buses and coaches from the operator’s fleet will wear a poppy in tribute to the country’s service men and women.
Marketing and Communications Manager at trentbarton, Jordan Kemp, said, ‘The Poppy Appeal plays a key role helping people and organisations to remember the sacrifices made by members of the British armed forces, past and present. The Appeal also raises substantial sums of money which The Royal British Legion puts to excellent use for members of the Armed Forces community. Our drivers and buses are key parts of local communities across the East Midlands, many team members are ex-service personnel, so trentbarton is pleased to show our support and remembrance.’
TfL joined forces with The Royal British Legion and a host of celebrities to support London Poppy Day, thought to be the largest and most ambitious one day street collecting event of its kind. As part of the efforts, special announcements by Brian Blessed for passengers on the city’s buses were made. Customers travelling on the Underground heard Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jennifer Saunders, Moira Stuart, Michael Palin and BBC radio presenter Nihal Arthanayake join veteran Poppy Day supporters Barbara Windsor and Stephen Fry in urging Londoners to give generously. Ten London buses have been wrapped in the Poppy Livery. London Transport has been connected to Remembrance Sunday since 1920 when bus staff were given the right to march alongside the armed forces by King George V, in recognition of the services of the men who drove buses to the front line in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said, ‘We have always been proud of our relationship with the armed forces and The Royal British Legion. Our continued effort to promote London Poppy Day is just one way of saying thank you for the sacrifices that servicemen and women have made over the years. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of so many famous faces, as well as from our bus operators and station staff, in helping us promote this cause over the years, and we really hope these special announcements encourage people to give generously.’
Stagecoach Group’s bus and rail companies are helping to support the Royal British Legion’s 2016 Poppy Appeal. Its bus companies across the UK are donating a significant amount to the poppy appeal to provide poppies for all drivers who wish to wear them. The plans to support serving and retired military personnel follow Stagecoach Group’s signing of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in March 2015. The company is now a silver award holder in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and has been recognised for its ongoing support for military personnel, past and present.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Martin Griffiths, said, ‘We are pleased, once again, to be supporting this important cause that helps thousands of people every year. This is a cause that is close to the hearts of our employees as many have either served themselves or have friends and family who are military personnel.’
Transdev is displaying large commemorative poppies on 130 of its buses across Lancashire and Yorkshire in support of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The operator has also donated £1,300 to the cause.
Engineering Manager at Transdev, Chris Brierley, helped to fit the first of the poppies to buses at Transdev’s Burnley depot. He said, ‘We wanted to do something to visibly show our support for the Poppy Appeal on the front of our buses, so that when our passengers begin their journeys, they really can’t miss the big poppy on the front of the bus. The Poppy Appeal is a wonderful cause and our whole team is 100% behind this. It’s really important that we take time out to remember the sacrifices made to win the freedom we all enjoy today.’