Hotline Heroes Answer Call for Midnight Walk

Stagecoach Manchester Staff Answer The Charity Call For St. Ann’s Hospice

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On Standby: Gina Bromiley, Nicky Park and Mabel Allan-Stevens (Photograph © 2013 Tangerine PR).

Three kind-hearted switchboard operators from Stagecoach Manchester’s Daw Bank depot, Stockport, have responded to St. Ann’s Hospice’s call for this year’s Midnight Walk (Friday 21 June).

Gina Bromiley, Nicky Park and Mabel Allan-Stevens have joined a team of 14 colleagues to pound Manchester’s pavements and raise funds for Stagecoach Manchester’s chosen charity.

The customer service representatives decided to take on the 10k Challenge after visiting the hospice early this year. First hand, they saw how St. Ann’s Hospice supported people with life-limiting illnesses.

Gina said: “After seeing first-hand the amazing work carried out by St Ann’s staff members during our visit and having participated in the walk last year, I didn’t think twice about signing up again this year.

“St Ann’s Hospice is a symbol of hope and support for so many families across the region and myself, Mabel and Nicky – along with the rest of the Stagecoach Manchester team – wanted to be part of the unified front against cancer and other life-limiting conditions.

“We’re looking forward to pulling together with people from across the city to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity.”

They will also be joined driver Kevin Henshaw, who led Stagecoach Manchester’s participants in last year’s walk. He walked in memory of his wife Angela, who sadly passed away following a six year battle with cancer.

Christopher Bowles, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, added: “It’s great to see the team getting involved in this fantastic event to raise even further funds for our chosen charity.

“To date we have raised over £17,000 for St Ann’s Hospice and we hope that this figure will be boosted by the generous donations which are already pouring in for this year’s team.”

Joel Oxberry, corporate fundraiser at St Ann’s Hospice, said: “We are hugely grateful to the team from Stagecoach Manchester for their fundraising efforts and we hope they – as well as all the other walkers – enjoy taking on the challenge on Friday.

“Like so many organisations, St Ann’s is feeling the impact of these challenging economic times, so the support and generosity of local businesses and communities is more important to us than ever.”

The hospice has three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and Wythenshawe, and cares for patients with cancer and non-cancer limiting illnesses. Around 400 members of staff are supported by over 800 volunteers caring for patients at the three centres and within people’s homes.

Stagecoach Manchester has paid the entry fee for all of staff members participating in the Midnight Walk 2013.  The company will also be match funding up to £85 of each individual’s fundraising total, as part of its support for its charity of the year, St Ann’s Hospice.

S.V., 19 June 2013.

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