The National Express Employee Charity Panel was first launched in 2009 and it has since made hundreds of grants to various charity and community groups that are actively supported by our employees.
The Panel, which is made up of people working in a variety of roles within our UK bus, coach and train businesses, now meet every three months to review the dozens of applications that are submitted by their colleagues.
In 2013 the Panel donated just under £17,000 to 47 different charities and groups including Movember, Cancer Research, Birmingham Dogs Home as well as much needed donations to help support the development of numerous youth clubs and local sporting activities.
West Midlands based bus driver Dave Gerrard is just one of those employees to benefit from donations made by the Employee Charity Panel in the past few years. "It is great to have this financial support for my charities from both my colleagues and my business," said Dave. "As bus drivers we don't just serve our local community we actually live and work within that community too. It is really important to me that we are able to help support some of those local charities and groups who just need a bit of a helping hand."
That sentiment is also matched by Sam Houlders who, along with a number of his colleagues, received £400 to help support their fundraising, moustache growing activities, for prostrate cancer research. "It was a big boost for us a team to find out that our company was willing to match our own fundraising efforts."