Stagecoach Drivers raise cash for local hospice

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Representatives from Stagecoach Manchester’s Ashton depot and Willow Wood Hospice celebrate the donation of £1,500 to the charity
Representatives from Stagecoach Manchester’s Ashton depot and Willow Wood Hospice celebrate the donation of £1,500 to the charity

Drivers and staff from Stagecoach Manchester’s Ashton Depot have donated £1,500 to local hospice, Willow Wood in Ashton-under- Lyne, after a year of fundraising.

Jon Ambrose, Operations Manager at the depot, recently visited the hospice, which offers specialist care for those living with life-threatening illnesses, to present the cheque and find out how the funds will benefit the patients.

The money has been raised through various activities undertaken by staff at the depot, including a fishing contest, a raffle and a sponsored walk along the full length of route 216, from Ashton bus station to Piccadilly Gardens.

Jon said: “Everyone has been extremely generous with their time and money and we know the funds raised will make a real difference to the hospice’s staff and patients.”

Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester Christopher Bowles added: “All of our five depots take part in various fundraising activities each year and the fantastic efforts of the staff at Ashton demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting worthwhile local charities, such as Willow Wood, in addition to our charity of the year, St Ann’s Hospice.”

John Fellowes, Willow Wood’s Head of Fundraising, said: “We rely solely on the generosity of local individuals and businesses to run the hospice. The donation from Stagecoach’s Ashton depot will be invaluable.”