National Express supports training team trek

The National Express Employee Charity Panel has given a £500 boost to funds already raised by the group's UK bus operational training team.

Des Foley, Assistant Training Standards Manager for National Express West Midlands, his colleagues, friends and family all took part in a sponsored walk earlier this month to help raise vital funding for the Acorns Children's Hospice Trust.

The training team has been fundraising for Acorns since the beginning of this year, donating many items through their own collections to sell in the local Acorns shop and help raise money for the charity.

They decided they wanted to go that one step further - and that they did - all the way to the top of Mount Snowdon!

Des completed an application form and sent it to the Charity Panel to let them know what the training team had signed up for, and to ask for a donation to support their fundraising efforts.

The panel were so impressed that they agreed to give a massive £500, taking the training team's fundraising total to over £2,500.

Des said: "It was an extremely hot day, and even though our feet were swollen and our backs were sore, we all continued and made it to the top of Snowdon. One of our company values is Community and we often take part in fundraising events to show our support - although this was probably one of the most difficult so far.

"The £500 donation from National Express Employee Charity Panel has really helped and we are really pleased that we are giving a little back to Acorns to ensure that they can continue to provide their much-needed specialist care services to children and families."

The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees in their own charitable work. The panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. The panel has awarded over £18,000 to 55 charities and organisations nominated by employees throughout the last year.

Established in 1988, Acorns Children's Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England. These children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Acorns is currently supporting around 640 children and nearly 900 families, including those who are bereaved.

Published 25th July 2013