- Decorative poppies fitted to Stagecoach buses
- Poppies to be displayed on all megabus.com vehicles across the UK
PERTH, Scotland, 07-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Stagecoach Group’s bus and rail companies are helping to support the Royal British Legion’s 2017 Poppy Appeal.
During the first two weeks of November, the company will help staff and passengers honour and remember service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Military personnel and veterans will be carrying out collections at selected stations served by East Midlands Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast.
Stagecoach bus companies across the UK are making a donation to the poppy appeal to provide poppies for all drivers who wish to wear them and towards poppies for hundreds of its buses.
In addition, megabus.com mascot, Sid will be wearing a poppy on the side of every coach travelling across England, Scotland and Wales during the 2017 poppy appeal.
East Midlands Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast are also offering free travel to volunteers attending City Poppy Days across the country. Volunteers carrying the correct documentation will be give free return standard travel on the day they are collecting and one day either before or after to allow for travel. Poppy days across Stagecoach networks are taking place in London, Manchester, Derby, Teesside and Newcastle.
In Sheffield, Stagecoach Supertram is displaying large-sized poppies on trams in memory of the lives lost in action. This symbolic gesture supports their £1 single journey offer that is available to all military personnel all year around. The company is also providing free travel to serving Armed Forces personnel travelling across Sheffield on Remembrance Sunday.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: “Once again we are pleased to be able to support this important appeal that helps to support thousands of people every year.
“This is a cause that is close to the hearts of our employees as many have either served themselves or have friends and family who are military personnel.”
The plans to support serving and retired military personnel follow Stagecoach Group’s signing of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant in March 2015.
The voluntary Ministry of Defence written covenant recognises the contribution made by service personnel, reservists, veterans and military families to the UK and the value they bring to businesses across the country.
The pledge – which was signed by Stagecoach Group Chief Executive Martin Griffiths – commits the Group to upholding the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant which include treating all members of the Armed Forces Community with fairness and respect, and supporting military personnel and their families.
In the summer Stagecoach Group invited all of its reservists to an event in London on Reservists Day to celebrate the contribution they make to the country and to the company. After taking part in a workshop all members were welcomed aboard HMS Belfast for a fun and informative trip.
The company is now a silver award holder in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and has been recognised for its ongoing support for military personnel, past and present.
SOURCE: Stagecoach Group