National Express West Midlands’ Open Day goes down a storm

Local bus operator National Express West Midlands has opened its garage doors to the public - and it went down a storm.

The wet weather certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of those who visited the Pensnett site on Saturday 27 July.

They turned up in their hundreds and gave generously to support the garage’s chosen charity: the cancer unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital. A total of £523 was raised on the day.

Visitors enjoyed looking around a huge variety of new and heritage buses and got a behind the scenes peek at what it takes to get buses out in service day in, day out. 

Free bus wash rides, a playbus and cake sales were extremely popular, as was a bus memorabilia stall for those who wanted to take a ride down memory lane.

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: 

“We’re so thankful to National Express West Midlands for the generous contribution they have made to our Oncology Unit. 

“We treat around 250 new children and young people with cancer, leukaemia and brain tumours each year from around the West Midlands and beyond. 

“This money will go towards improving the hospital experience for our brave kids and families.”

Richard Smith, Operations Manager at National Express West Midlands, said: 

“Despite the wet weather we probably had just shy of 600 people come and visit us. It was a great opportunity for us to speak to our customers and show them our facilities.

"Our range of heritage and modern buses went down a treat but our bus wash rides were by far the most popular attraction - and not just for the kids!

“I’d like to thank all our staff and our partners for coming along and supporting us on the day, and of course to the visitors who braved the rain.

“We’re delighted to have raised over £520 for the fantastic Birmingham Children's Hospital cancer unit and look forward to raising even more during the rest of this year."

Published 5th August 2019