Stagecoach Manchester bus covered in Manchester Together vehicle graphics
At this time of writing you would have seen and heard about our nation’s remembrance of the 22 people who died in the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. Being a year since the attack, local, national, and international media covered the vigils and the memorial service at Manchester Cathedral.
Today, at 2.30pm, shops, businesses, and transport undertakings observed a minute’s silence. Further to this, Stagecoach Manchester dedicated one of its double decker buses to the 22 lost lives. 19530, a 2009 Enviro400 bus is seen below in its special livery.
In addition to the 22 lost lives, it is also dedicated to those injured and affected by last year’s events. As detailed earlier, this included taxi drivers and bus drivers who came to the concertgoers’ rescue. Also the staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital who treated most of the children injured in the attack.
The graphics also feature touching quotes from two children who were treated at the hospital following last year’s attack. 15-year-old Adam, wrote:
“The fact I was able to go home earlier than expected was due to the outstanding care and compassion that I received at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.”
Freya, also 15 years old, wrote on the bus:
“Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital saved my life, the staff are awesome.”
The special livery also has 22 Manchester bees, which have become a widely recognised symbol of the strength that the city demonstrated after the attack. There is also features a Text To Donate number on the rear; this will encourage local people to help support the pioneering care which takes place at the hospital each day.
Stagecoach Manchester launched their new charity partnership with Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital last November. If you wish to donate £2.00 to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, text SCGM18 £2 to 70070.
Elisabeth Tasker, managing director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “The way Greater Manchester has come together as a region, with the considerable support of people across the United Kingdom and beyond, is a firm demonstration that love will ultimately always triumph over hate.
“We’ve created this bus wrap design as both our own way to remember those who were lost or injured in the attack, as well as a symbol of recognition for the everyday heroes, such as hospital staff and the wider emergency services, whose actions prevented this tragedy from being even worse.”
Sarah Naismith, Head of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity comments: “We are incredibly grateful to Stagecoach and all their employees for the support they have shown to our Children’s Hospital. The whole of Manchester, and beyond, came together following the horrific attack and this commemorative bus is a fitting way to remember all those involved last May.”
An EM60 Presentation, 22 May 2018.
Images taken by Peter Powell, on behalf of Tangerine PR Ltd, 22 May 2018.