Bus boost is music to the ears of Scottish charities
Dundee Sea Cadets kayaking on the River Tay
The National Express Employee Charity Panel has donated more than £1,000 to Scottish charities supported by its Xplore Dundee employees in the past six months, including a local swimming team, ABF The Soldiers Charity and a unique Wurlitzer organ used for silent cinema screenings.
National Express staff can apply to the Employee Charity Panel to ask for a cash boost for their chosen charity. Since the beginning of 2015 six drivers, engineers and inspectors have been awarded a variety of amounts, adding up to an impressive £1,250.
The funds have already been put to good use, with a £250 donation helping to keep costs down for young people involved with Dundee Sea Cadets, £250 put towards the purchase of a storage cage for equipment belonging to Carnoustie Claymores swimming club and a £200 donation for driver Gillian Moffat, who abseiled the Forth Road Bridge to raise money for Chest, Heart and Stroke.
One of the more unusual requests has been for a donation towards the upkeep of Scotland’s only operational WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ, regularly played by Xplore Dundee driver and customer services advisor Gary White. Gary says the Scottish Cinema Organ Trust’s £300 boost was music to their ears:
“We’re extremely grateful for the addition of £300 to the charity’s coffers, as every little bit helps in the maintenance and upkeep of this unique instrument. Our only income is from membership and the concerts that we host, so we always welcome additional donations.
“This is the only WurliTzer Pipe Organ of its kind in Scotland and gives enormous pleasure to the people who come along to our films, concerts and tea dances. Everyone involved in Scottish Cinema Organ Trust is extremely grateful to the Employee Charity Panel for its generous support.”
The National Express Employee Charity Panel helps support employees actively involved in a wide range of charities, organisations or clubs. The Panel is made up of employees from around the National Express business who meet quarterly to decide which good causes they will support. Nearly £8,000 in total has been donated to 32 groups and charities across the UK during the first half of this year.