A VERY special birthday celebration for First Buses also meant a special gift for St Luke’s.
The company marked the 60th anniversary of running buses from its Olive Grove depot in Sheffield with an Open Day that included 50 heritage vehicles for transport lovers to explore, children’s fair rides, food stalls, a bus driving experience, a bus wash experience, an engineering walking tour of the garage, visits by the Sea Cadets and Fire Service, a tombola and bucket collection.
There was no entry fee to the event, but all proceeds generated on the day - along with other fundraising initiatives through the year - amounted to a remarkable £6,500 which has been donated donated to our patient care.
“We were delighted that in their Diamond anniversary year, First Buses once again decided to support St Luke’s,” said our Fundraising Account Manager Anna Gott.
“First support us in so many ways and guests at our annual Festival of Light will know, of course, that for many years now they have provided the free shuttle bus service that is vital to the evening’s great success.
“A donation of this scale really will make an enormous difference to the lives of our patients and their families in this our 50th anniversary year.”
Nigel Eggleton, Managing Director at First South Yorkshire said: “Our open day in Sheffield was a great success and very well supported by local communities across the city.
“Through people’s generosity in donating on the day, along with several other fundraising initiatives we held in the business, we have raised a grand total of £6,500 for St Luke’s.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in helping raise money and awareness of the great work and support that is done at St Luke’s and as a business we will continue to work closely with the charity throughout 2022.”