Stagecoach drivers work their magic

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Six Stagecoach Manchester drivers, based at the Ashton depot swapped the steering wheel for magic wands recently to raise over £500 for St Ann’s Hospice by dressing up as wizards on popular routes.

Driver Martin Dunkerly, organised for himself and five other drivers to add a touch of magic to passengers’ journeys, by ‘route hopping’ in fancy dress, to raise money for the hospice which cares for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.

St Ann’s Hospice has been Stagecoach Manchester’s chosen charity for the past 15 months and the firm has already raised nearly £8,000 through various fundraising events, including sponsored walks, bike rides and raffles. Due to the success of the partnership, the operator has pledged its support to St Ann’s Hospice until August 2013.

Stagecoach Manchester MD, Christopher Bowles, said: “We’ve already raised a large amount of money for St Ann’s. We’re looking forward to seeing more fantastic fundraising efforts from everyone over the next nine months.

“We really appreciate the staff giving up their own time to support this cause, not to mention the generosity of our passengers.”