Stagecoach Santas’ Sleigh-Loads for Charity

Festive cheer for Francis House

Festive Spirit: Stagecoach Manchester staff John Cailey, Junior Grant and Sheila Chaisty get festive for Francis House. (Image © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd)
Festive Spirit in Bucket Loads: Stagecoach Manchester staff John Cailey, Junior Grant and Sheila Chaisty get festive for Francis House. (Image © 2014 Tangerine PR Ltd)

Local bus driver, Junior Grant, from Stagecoach Manchester’s Sharston Depot, has helped spread festive cheer this week. By dressing up as Santa Claus, and raising £500 for Didsbury based children’s hospice, Francis House.

Staff from the leading local bus company, Stagecoach Manchester, were able to call on the generosity of customers to collect £227.90 for the charity, which provides care for children who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. The Stagecoach head office team donated a further £272.10 to bring the fundraising total to £500.

Junior was joined by fellow Santa drivers William Nutall from Wigan and Paul Gartside from Ashton-under-Lyne in raising money for charity, and he was ably assisted by elves John Cailey and Sheila Chaisty.

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles, said: “Francis House has been our nominated charity since 2013 and we’ve been pleased to support it in a number of events in 2014.

“I’m really proud of all of the staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to raise funds for an excellent local cause and hopefully they’ve put a smile on people’s faces in the run up to Christmas.

“I’d also like to thank our customers for their generosity both yesterday and throughout the year.”

Emma Siddle, fundraising officer at Francis House said: “The team from Stagecoach Manchester has done a fantastic job and we’re grateful to have its continued support throughout the year and over the festive period. The funds raised by Stagecoach’s very own Santas will be used to further improve facilities at Francis House, enabling us to continue to support children with life limiting conditions and their families.”

S.V., 19 December 2014.

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