National Express West Midlands raise hundreds for local charity St Basils

Bus company National Express West Midlands has raised over £300 for local youth homelessness charity St Basils, with more to come during the course of this year.

The bus operator’s Head Office, which has over 150 employees based in Bordesley, selected St Basils as its community partner for 2017 and will focus its charitable efforts on raising as much money as possible for the charity this year.

Staff at Bordesley recently held a Bake Off event, with tasty treats being sold off and resulting in £304 in donations to support young people in Birmingham.

Rachael Ashford, HR Coordinator at National Express West Midlands, said:

“National Express West Midlands is proud to be part of the communities that we serve and we’re delighted to have launched our community partnership with St Basils. The charity does some incredible work to address youth homelessness and support local young people in the region and we’re looking forward to helping in whatever way we can.”

Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils, said: 

“We are delighted that National Express West Midlands has chosen to support us as their local community partner. Our work focuses on making the lives of young people in the communities we serve better. This is a real commitment from National Express in improving young lives and we can’t thank them enough.”

In addition to the community partnership with the bus operator’s Bordesley office, St Basils has been successful in securing a £2,500 community grant from the National Express Foundation, the transport operator’s own registered UK charity. 

Many of the young people that St Basils work with have drug and alcohol problems which affects their mental health, their relationships with other people and therefore their ability to live within the local community. The National Express Foundation funding will support the cost of drug and alcohol awareness sessions, helping young people gain a greater understanding of the impact of their behaviour.

Published 12th May 2017