A community ethos is part of who we are. As well as providing local career opportunities, we participate in a host of community engagement events throughout the year, and celebrate special occasions and achievements with our team whenever we can.
Here’s a small taste of some recent ones:
As well as holding fundraising events for Macmillan, some of our colleagues have also taken on personal challenges to raise essential funds for the charity, Jenny Holder of Catford Garage being one of them.
Jenny recently completed the London Triathlon in memory of her father who she sadly lost 8 years ago to cancer. She trained hard for the event which took a lot of time and dedication, but she was determined to succeed.
Her race began at East India Dock where she swam 0.7km, this was followed by cycling 20.2km and then she finished off with a 5km run in just 2 hours 44 minutes.
She has raised over £1400 in sponsorship and is one of our many shining stars at Stagecoach.
Well done Jenny we are extremely proud of you!
We recently took our Inclusion bus and our Macmillan bus to take part in Romford Pride where we were collecting money for the Macmillan charity whilst proudly supporting our staff at this annual event held in Romford Town Centre.
During the day we were joined by many of our people who came along to show their support and enjoy the various entertainment which took place on stage in South Street.
This is the second year running we have taken part in this celebration and is something which we look forward to supporting in the future.
Members of our Head Office team volunteered to join one of our drivers at a local charity called ‘Christian Kitchen’ – this is a soup kitchen which operates every night ensuring that the homeless and those less fortunate in the local area have a hot meal.
Staff help prepare and then serve meals from a mobile van to between 60 and 70 people in need of a good meal.
We are hoping to get enough volunteers so that we can cover at least one shift a month with members of the Stagecoach team.
It was Macmillan’s London Takeover day recently, and our team of fantastic volunteers were out in force to take over the streets of Covent Garden.
Our Macmillan bus was centre stage outside the London Transport Museum until early evening, where we collected a significant sum for the charity.
The company partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support last Summer, pledging to raise £50,000 over 2 years following the sad loss of Martyn Henderson, a much loved and valued manager.
Romford garage is the proud home to our very own Macmillan bus which we launched in Martyn’s memory, it is frequently spotted on the route 86 or at one of our many fundraising events.
We are delighted that one of our colleagues, George Psaradakis of West Ham garage, was recently awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) by Her Majesty the Queen, which was presented to him by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London. The award was given in recognition of his services to the community in London.
George was the driver of the route 30 bus which was tragically targeted by terrorists on 7 July 2005 in London’s Tavistock Square.
George stated “The support I have received from the company over the years I am very appreciative of, and I am proud to be able to say I work for Stagecoach”.
Well, Stagecoach could not be more proud to have George as part of our team. He is a lovely, dedicated and humble man and his friends, family and colleagues are rightly delighted at this well-deserved award.
Many Congratulations George!
We held a 7-a-side football tournament with 130 members of staff taking part.
Every garage plus our Head Office provided a team for the tournament and it was a good family day out with activities for kids, a barbeque and even physios on hand to help out with those tired muscles !
As well as having a huge amount of fun, we generated well in excess of £2,000 for Macmillan, our designated charity.