33 bus drivers and support staff from Stagecoach depots across Kent and East Sussex joined hundreds of runners at Maidstone’s Tote Park to raise money for the Demelza Children’s Hospice. The team members ran either the 10k track or the shorter 5k course.
The runners travelled from their depots on board the specially liveried Demelza Olympian bus which promotes the charity on bus routes in the Canterbury area.
Kristina Gwynne, marketing assistant for the company, said that the team hopes to raise over £3000 once the sponsorship from colleagues, family and friends has been collected.
“Team Stagecoach was proud to help raise funds at the Demelza Run. Running as part of a team is highly rewarding and hopefully will inspire others to try it too.”
Demelza Hospice Care for Children was set up by Derek and Jennifer Phillips following the death of their daughter, Demelza, from a brain tumour at the age of 24. Demelza had worked at the Acorn’s children’s hospice in Birmingham and the couple realised the south east was in dire need of a similar facility. The charity opened their first hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent in 1998. A second facility was built in south east London in 2009.