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Bus firm’s colourful face coverings raise over £2,400 for NHS Charities – with more to come

Posted on: Monday 14 Sep 2020

Bus operator Transdev’s specially designed face covering featuring all the colours of its services across the North have raised over £2,400 for NHS Charities – with more to come as sales continue.

On Monday 15 June, the day Government instructions to wear face coverings when using public transport were introduced, Transdev began offering its designer ‘All the Colours of Transdev’ face coverings online and at its bus stations.

The specially created face coverings proved a big hit with customers across Yorkshire and Lancashire – so much so that extra supplies had to be ordered to keep pace with rapidly rising demand.

Transdev CEO Alex Hornby has now presented a cheque for £2,475 – the first wave of proceeds from sales of the washable and reusable face coverings – to Community and Events Fundraiser Georgia Hudson, on behalf of NHS Charities Together, who support NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients nationwide.

Alex said: “We’ve always set out to make our buses places people want to be seen, and the same unique touch of style we’ve become famous for went into the design of our ‘All the Colours of Transdev’ face coverings.

“Our customers tell us they really like the bright and stylish appearance of our face coverings, and that they can be washed and used again and again, which is much better for the environment than disposable masks. They also encourage all those who can to wear a face covering every time they travel with us, and as more and more people continue to come back to the bus, that’s good news for everyone.

“We’re delighted by the positive response from our customers, and thanks to their generosity in buying our face coverings, we’ve now been able to present the first cheque to NHS Charities Together, with more to come as sales of our coverings continue.”

NHS Charities Together Fundraising Officer Annabelle Davis said: “A huge thank you to the team at Transdev for their incredible fundraising. We are so grateful to everyone involved in the creation of these face coverings and would like to extend our thanks to each and every person who so kindly donated.

“Your donations continue to make a massive difference in supporting NHS charities across the UK, enabling them to go the extra mile for staff, volunteers, and patients during this difficult time.”

The ‘All the Colours of Transdev’ face coverings are available online here for just £4.50 each. A bundle of five of the washable and reusable coverings is also available for £15 – with postage and packaging included in the price of both options. They are also available at most local bus stations.

The success of Transdev’s colourful face coverings follows a poll of more than 1,000 of its customers, in which nine out of ten commuters declared themselves ready to return to its buses. The results are profiled in detail in a specially-made Transdev ‘Back to Bus’ video, which can be viewed on YouTube here.

Full details of all Transdev bus services across Yorkshire and Lancashire, including travel advice and revised timetables currently in place, are available online and on the free to download Transdev Go mobile app. Customers can also see at a glance how busy their bus is before travelling using the website or app.

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For further information, please contact Rebecca Reeve-Burnett, Transdev Yorkshire and Lancashire, on: 01423 884131 or email: rebecca.burnett@transdevplc.co.uk.