A BUS driver from Kendray has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his kindness by making disabled youngsters smile whilst driving to Greenacre School every single day during the pandemic.

 

Adam Wiggan, of Colley Crescent, works for Wyatt Coaches and drives students to the school, on Keresforth Hill Road, and back every day.

 

During his trips to school, the 35-year-old dons a variety of costumes to cheer the students up – which he believes is most important during the pandemic.

 

“It’s been a tough year for everyone but especially for the group of students who may not like change,” Adam said.

 

“I felt it was my job to make the transition to school as smooth and as fun as possible which hopefully I did.

 

“I absolutely love my job and the kids I see every single day. If I have to wear a silly wig and dress up like Santa to make them smile, then it’s the least I can do.

 

“We always try to have fun the best we can, so I’m always singing and chatting away which I hope they enjoy. I absolutely love it.

 

“Hopefully, it helped kick-start the day in a positive way for our coaches. I can’t wait to think of more costumes to surprise them in the future.”

 

Adam’s selflessness has landed him a nomination in the Children’s Champion category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

 

“I’m completely overwhelmed by this nomination. It’s completely unexpected but a really amazing surprise.

 

“I feel like I’m just doing my job so to be recognised for it, is wonderful.

 

“It’s all down to our amazing kids and their parents who have been brilliant throughout this difficult time.”