Stagecoach North East supports Movember

Stagecoach North East is helping to support the health charity Movember through a number of events this month.

To mark the Movember campaign, a number of the company’s buses across the region have had moustaches fitted to them.

The Movember Foundation, which aims to raise funds to fight prostate and testicular cancer and raise awareness about mental health issues, helps fund many charities and support groups across the country.

To help raise awareness of this year’s Movember campaign, moustaches were fitted to 20 buses operating in Newcastle, Sunderland, South Shields, Teesside and Hartlepool.

In preparation for the campaign, many employees have set up fundraising accounts, shaved off their facial hair and as of 1November, are now growing a ‘Mo’.

The company is also making a donation to Movember for every staff member taking part in the fundraising event and registering on the company’s Movember site.

Stagecoach North East Managing Director, Phil Medlicott, is taking part himself and said: “I’m delighted that we are able to help raise awareness of a charity that is dedicated to such worthy causes. Awareness is key to preventing and curing these diseases and as a bus operator we’re pleased to be-able to promote the issue with our customers and staff whilst raising money for local charities.”

To help promote the moustached buses, Stagecoach North East is also holding a competition to ‘#SpotaMoBus’. Anyone who spots a bus with a ‘Movember’ moustache is encouraged to take a picture and tweet it to @StagecoachNE using the hashtag #SpotaMoBus. On Friday 28 November the top three pictures will be picked at random to receive free prizes.

Sarah Coghlan, UK Country Directorfor Movember, said,“Our vision is to have an everlasting impact on men’s health, and the Movember moustache puts a fun twist on this serious issue. We are delighted with the support of Stagecoach Group nationwide and look forward to spotting their moustachioed fleets across the country, making it the hairiest Movember yet!”

Picture showsa Stagecoach ‘Mo’ bus with Movember supporter Darren Arkless, a bus driver from Newcastle.