Stagecoach South has unveiled two poppy buses ahead of Remembrance Day on Thursday 11 November.
The buses will support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and while serving routes in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. One will be based out of Aldershot and the other Portsmouth. They will run all-year-round to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.
“Our partnership with The Royal British Legion is incredibly important to us. Its work in supporting and caring for our veterans and serving personnel is unparalleled, and it is only right that we support them in this important endeavour,” says Gordon Frost, Operations Director of Stagecoach South. “For many years we’ve shown our support for our armed forces and veterans with various iterations of branded poppies applied to our buses, but this year we wanted to take things a step further to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.
“And so we have launched our dedicated poppy buses which will run all-year-round, promoting the the Appeal.”
Stagecoach also announced that it is offering free bus travel to military personnel and veterans on Remembrance Day, Thursday 11 November, and Remembrance Sunday, 14 November 2021.
Claire Smith, Community Fundraiser for South Hampshire at the Royal British Legion says: “The Royal British Legion is delighted to see these two poppy buses in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex in the Royal British Legion’s Centenary year.
“Since the poppy was first worn as an act of remembrance 100 years ago, it has become a symbol of support for our armed forces past and present. The Legion’s Poppy Appeal collectors are back out again this year, and we’re grateful to Stagecoach and its employees for helping us continue our vital work in supporting the armed forces community, because this year every poppy counts.”