A blue and yellow double decker bus is being used across Plymouth and Cornwall to show support for the people of Ukraine and to help raise vital funds for those affected by the war. The bus will be used on Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus routes to help raise awareness of the Disaster Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal, with a donation point inside for those who wish to donate cash. Parent company Go-Ahead Group will match all funds raised by its employees.
To kick things off, drivers and other colleagues wore blue and yellow from Monday 28 March until Friday 8 April in exchange for a donation and to show their support. Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus are also working with the local authorities to provide free bus transport to any refugees arriving in the area as a result of the Ukraine crisis.
Richard Stevens, Managing Director of Go South West, which incorporates Plymouth Citybus, said: “Like many people we felt saddened and pretty helpless by the Ukraine War. We hope our Peace Bus is going to be a strong visual demonstration of our support wherever it travels across Plymouth and Cornwall.
“The events in Ukraine have shocked us all, and we know lots of people will be affected in different ways. Many of our team felt that they wanted to do something positive to help, and by doing this we can encourage our colleagues, passengers and all people in our community to contribute.”
The Peace Bus will be used on various routes across Plymouth and Cornwall. Donations can be made to the DEC campaign via its website at dec.org.uk