Burnley Bus Firm pays tribute to unsung heroes

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The Burnley Bus Company has joined forces with local newspaper the Burnley Express to create a specially liveried ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus to remind everyone of the important role NHS staff and other key workers have in everyday lives, from postal workers to police officers, carers to cleaners, as they maintain vital services.

Burnley General Teaching Hospital midwife Rachel Magee-Thorpe with her own image on the side of The Burnley Bus Company’s ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus, which features photos of local NHS staff and other key workers. THE BURNLEY BUS COMPANY

The bus, decorated with a blue NHS heart and rainbow, carries photos of local key workers and health service staff, each of whom was nominated by friends and relatives to appear on the sides of the vehicle via social media.

The back of the bus also recognises the work of some of Burnley Bus Company’s own staff, with pictures of some of the drivers, engineers and support staff based at its Queensgate depot.

The Burnley Bus Company CEO Alex Hornby said: “As key workers ourselves, our drivers and support teams know first-hand how important it is to keep on serving local people by helping others who need to make a journey, including to and from work or to pick up food or access services.

“We know there are many unsung heroes doing all kinds of jobs right now who deserve our community’s thanks, and so we decided to recognise them by covering our ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus with their photos, along with the jobs they do – with our amazing NHS workers given pride of place.

From left: Midwife Rachel Magee-Thorpe, Health Care Assistant Christina Walls and Maternity support worker Diane Townsend welcome The Burnley Bus Company’s ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus to Burnley General Teaching Hospital. THE BURNLEY BUS COMPANY

“In partnership with the Burnley Express, we invited nominations to appear on this very special bus, and we’re delighted with the positive response from so many people who clearly share our desire to recognise those who do so much for us all.

“We’ve already had an amazing reaction to our ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus – and we’ll be creating more Heroes buses across the North, in each of the towns we serve, working with local media partners to create a fitting tribute to the often unsung heroes of our communities.”

Chief Executive of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), Kevin McGee, said: “This is a great tribute by The Burnley Bus Company to the care, compassion and resilience being shown by NHS staff and key workers in our community. Our team of over 8,000 staff at ELHT includes 2,500 in Burnley. They are pulling out all the stops to provide safe, personal and effective care to our patients every day, and I thank each and every one of them.

“The NHS is doing a fantastic job and there’s no way we could do this without the support of key workers in the wider community. I hope the ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus will make all who see it pause to think for a moment about the vitally important work being done to keep our community going. We’re so grateful for their support. I hope that the contribution of NHS staff and all the other carers and key workers will always be remembered, and they’ll continue to be held up as the heroes that they are.”

From left: Midwife Rachel Magee-Thorpe, Health Care Assistant Christina Walls and Maternity support worker Diane Townsend welcome The Burnley Bus Company’s ‘Burnley Heroes’ bus to Burnley General Teaching Hospital. THE BURNLEY BUS COMPANY