Plenty of festive fare on the buses

SINGLE DECK THE HALLS: The Santas at Stagecoach
SINGLE DECK THE HALLS: The Santas at Stagecoach

IS that Santa driving that bus?

Bus drivers in Hartlepool are swapping their smart uniforms for Father Christmas outfits during the festive season in a bid to raise charity cash.

Stagecoach North East bus drivers will also be handing out gifts such as rock sweets, miniature reindeer and snowman bugs with a Christmas message.

as well as spreading Christmas cheer the fun scheme is also to raise much-needed funds for Daisy Chain, a charity which helps families affected by autism.

The bus drivers and the rest of the team are hoping to raise over £220 and beat last year’s total.

Bus driver Graham Button, 47, said: “We are all really looking forward to getting dressed up, as it’s for such a good cause and will bring a bit of festive cheer to our day.

“Christmas can be a hectic time, so we just want to give people a smile or a laugh and raise some money for charity.

“It will also add a lovely festive atmosphere for people to enjoy on their journey to or from town.”

Janine Fowley, operations manager at Stagecoach North East’s Hartlepool depot, said: “The drivers always get into the festive spirit to support the charities chosen and the public’s generosity never fails to surprise us.

“I think our passengers will enjoy seeing Santa Claus driving the buses – it puts a smile on everyone’s face.

“We are always happy to support our drivers, particularly when they’re actively helping the community and raising funds for such a good cause and the rest of the team wish them good luck.”