Employees from across bus and coach operator, Stagecoach, have walked almost 9000 miles to raise money for its charity partner Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.
The challenge, named ‘Marvellous Miles’ saw employees from across the UK each trying to clock as many miles as they could in a competition between its different operating companies in order to raise over £1000 for the charity.
Manchester was crowned the winning company with a total of 3171 miles and Manchester driver David Hunt completed the most by walking 1000 miles over the month of November.
The charity provides specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children. There are currently 86 Roald Dahl Nurses caring for over 25,000 seriously ill children across the UK. Every mile moved and every penny raised will help more seriously ill children across the UK, receive the specialist nursing care of a Roald Dahl Nurse.
Stagecoach, the UK’s biggest bus and coach operator, which employs 23,000 people across the UK has an ongoing partnership with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity as part of its Giving for Good initiative, which supports its commitment to donate 0.5% of pre-tax profits every year to charitable causes. It also has national partnerships with Missing People, the Trussell Trust and Happy Days. Through these partnerships, Stagecoach has provided financial donations and is also committed to supporting the charities wherever possible, for example by providing buses and helping to raise awareness of the great work of each of these charities.
Marc Atkins-Turley, Commercial Director and Chair of Stagecoach Charity Committee, said: “We are really pleased to be able to further support the important work that Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity do.
“It has been great to see our people get involved in fundraising for the charity whilst getting competitive to see who could walk the most number of miles across the month with our team in Manchester being crowned the winners.
“This has been the first year we have partnered with charities in this way at Stagecoach and we have already seen some positive benefits of doing so whilst also supporting our local communities. We are looking forward to continuing these partnerships into the new year and seeing what else we can achieve together.”
Louise Griew Chief Executive at Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity said: “We are delighted and very grateful to partner with Stagecoach. Through our partnership, our charity will be able to establish more Roald Dahl Nurse Specialists in the communities where Stagecoach operates and across the UK. Our charity currently supports over 25,000 seriously ill children and together we can ensure more seriously ill children and families receive the vital support and care they need. Thanks to everyone who took part in the challenge and donated.”