Man dons bus driver uniform in key worker photo mission

By Barrie Hudson - 6 April 2021

Community

Man-on-a-mission Sam Pierce got the chance to take the driving seat recently - thanks to Swindon’s Bus Company. 

  • Lucy Humphrey from Swindon's Bus Company with Sam Pierce, who is raising awareness of the valuable roles of key workers

    Lucy Humphrey from Swindon's Bus Company with Sam Pierce, who is raising awareness of the valuable roles of key workers

The operator welcomed Sam, who has Down’s Syndrome, as a member of its team - complete with driver’s uniform - at a bus stop in Fleming Way.
“Sam is a fan of Swindon’s Bus Company - but he’s been visiting other key workers too,” said the Swindon Bus Company's Lucy Humphrey.
“Just recently, he’s been on a mission to dress in the uniform of lots of different types of essential workers, from police officers to supermarket workers, and we were only too pleased to oblige when he asked to meet us.
“Of course, we are in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic, so we had to be careful about social distancing and I had to wear a face covering. But I hope Sam enjoyed having his photo taken with one of our buses, and I wish him luck with the rest of his mission.”
Sam, 29, was accompanied by mum Leslye Russell Pierce, who said: “Sam’s started dressing up as a key workers to thank  all those helping us through lockdown. 
"Sam has always loved transport vehicles and has really missed his bus journeys since the pandemic so this was an amazing afternoon for him. Sam was thrilled to wear the Swindon’s Bus Company uniform and loved the drivers giving him a beep and wave at Fleming Way.”
Swindon’s Bus Company has been transporting key workers across the region since the beginning of the pandemic. 
Lucy Humphrey said: “These are challenging times and, on behalf of us all, I would like to thank my colleagues - who themselves are keyworkers - for their incredible resilience and dedication.
"Without their efforts, many of those who carry out vital roles within our local community would be unable to travel.”
More information about Swindon’s Bus Company can be found at swindonbus.co.uk 
 

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