Mortons running day proceeds donated to St Michaels Hospice

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Mortons Travel of Little London in North Hampshire has donated over £1,100 to charity after raising the funds at a heritage running day at the end of 2016.

On New Year’s Eve, the operator held a step entrance bus running day on its tadRed TR1 service to Baughurst, along with some other re-created routes from Reading.

The vehicles used on the day included some examples from the operator’s own heritage fleet, together with some visiting vehicles from elsewhere.

The event was to mark the end of step entrance buses in normal stage carriage service in the UK. Since January 1 this year, to comply with the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act, only compliant wheelchair accessible vehicles may be used on regular registered local bus services.

All proceeds from the day were donated to Mortons’ chosen charity, St Michaels Hospice North Hampshire. The charity provides special care for those with life limiting illness.

Daisy Mitchell from the charity said: “To have raised the sum of £1,121.53 is a fantastic achievement. It seems the day was enjoyed by many and we are very grateful to everyone for their kindness and generosity.”

Nick Morton, General Manager at Mortons, commented: “While it takes a great deal of time and effort to stage something like this, it was nevertheless very rewarding.”