Plymouth coach station team make a big impact
Pictured: Station Manager Donna McDonald
Plymouth Coach Station staff have been crowned the best in the business after winning a top company award for their fundraising work.
The nine-strong National Express team fought off competition from other staff around the UK to win the ‘Business Impact’ Community Values Award for their excellent charity work.
Last year they raised more than £4,000 - the highest amount within the company’s UK divisions - for local charities including the RSPCA, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
The relatively young team, which only formed when Plymouth Coach Station opened its doors to the public in September 2016, won praise from all over the business for their tireless fundraising work.
They ran a ‘Big Easter Egg Appeal’ collecting over 180 Easter eggs for the local Gold Dust Appeal, held cake bake sales, organised open days with raffles and formed numerous partnerships with local businesses, who in turn donated prizes and hosted supermarket sweeps.
The team also went on six volunteering days and hosted nine work experience placements for local school pupils – in order to help children enhance their skills.
Now Dennis, Sam, David, Annie, Anthony, Kirsty, Julie, David and manager Donna, are gearing up for an epic 404 mile indoor bike ride from Plymouth to Birmingham to raise money for Sports Relief Week.
Station Manager Donna McDonald said: “I’m really proud of my team and their efforts, and the support we’ve received from local businesses has been outstanding. As a group their motivation and determination is amazing and they keep surprising me with their new fundraising ideas.”
National Express Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy presented Donna with a £1,000 cheque for the team as their reward, he said: “The Plymouth Coach Station team’s attitude is incredible which is reflected in the enormous positive impact they have on the local community. Supporting the community is one of our core values at National Express and we hope this award is a beacon to inspire others.”
The team and the other Values Awards winners from each division of the company will be officially recognised at the Group Values Awards ceremony in London at the end of May where they will have the chance to win one of five overall National Express Group Values Awards: Safety, People, Customer, Excellence and Community.