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Bus Drivers Pull On Walking Boots For Typhoon Victims

Wednesday December 11 2013

THREE bus drivers pulled on their walking boots to raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims by walking the route they normally drive.

The 21/22 Gilroyd service's route, which by bus usually takes about 30 minutes, took Dominic Rennison, 39, and colleagues Jeff Mann, 45, and Ian Kirk, 36, and his son Kian, 12, about four hours.

They set off from Barnsley Interchange, headed up Dodworth Road onto Barnsley Road up to Dodworth, along Dodworth High Street to Pilley Hill - and then back again.

While on the walk, Dominic said: "We're walking with buckets for people to donate and every little bit raised helps. We're just going to take it nice and steady and talk to people."

Walking for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the walkers raised hundreds for those affected by the disaster in the Philippines.

Dean Hepworth, assistant operations manager at Stagecoach Yorkshire in Barnsley, said: "When we heard about the urgent help needed, our staff were very keen to organise a number of charity events for the DEC which help pay for emergency shelter, clean water and food.

"It's fantastic that we have already raised more than £400 and we hope to boost this figure even further with more charity activities in support of the appeal."

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Reply Posted by Leigh on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 14:41
I see these drivers everyday when I get bus. They are all so lovely and have such big hearts. The money is going to such a needy cause, they really do have nothing. Think it's brill they did this to help people with the most GENUINE need.

Reply Posted by dave on Sunday December 15 2013 at 14:59
driving the 22 all day,they must think they are doing something great for the company!

Reply Posted by Iain kirk on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 16:25
I just want to say thanks for the nice comment above and would also like to thank the kind people who donated and make us feel very much appreciated day in day out. To do the walk with workmates is one thing to have ya son with you is another. It was a great day all round thanks again WAB

Reply Posted by Peter crossland on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 17:31
What a lovely thing to do. I'll be honest I don't really use the bus much but when I went on the 21 service it was one of the pictured drivers from above. He was so kind and very helpful because I wasn't 100% sure where I was going. Thanks again and keep up with the good work.

Reply Posted by Becs on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 17:37
nice one guys. Big well done to Little Jeff :).

Reply Posted by jan on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 18:42
see not all bus drivers are grumpy and unhelpful, well done lads.

Reply Posted by Paul on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 18:43
Well Done Guys!!

Reply Posted by russ on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 19:22
well done to all you did a good job.

Reply Posted by julie on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 20:35
nice one lads... i get your bus everyday with my daughter very jolly ur

Reply Posted by dave on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 22:19
good on u lads but remember when u do any thing wrong ...ur only a number!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by jonnyt on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 22:26
must be out for browny points cos who does work for free in their employers uniform but good on em for raising cash and rememberbut I would not be walking round in uniform,it not good ur employer just wants sum press footage!

Reply Posted by dave on Sunday December 15 2013 at 15:00
I agree jonny

Reply Posted by leigh on Thursday December 12 2013 at 00:16
they were in uniform, one due to working immediately after the sponsored walk and two, because they are buses drivers doing their usual route asking people they know who would recognise them in uniform to donate to such a worthy cause.
its amazing how many people i walk past and dont realise straight away who they are out of uniform till they say hello!
also it was one of the wives who got in touch in the hope of raising awareness to increase public knowledge so it could increase donations and allow people who didnt see them to be able to donate at later date by handing in their donation to the office.
i have got to know these lads well and i have to say they are so genuinely kind and its nothing to do with brownie points, only wanting help people in genuine need.
it actually upsets me that people cant be praised for doing something nice with out someone being pessimistic.
they might only be a number to payroll, but to the thousands of people without homes, food, water and everything you take for granted these lads are a glimmer of hope for their future.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Thursday December 12 2013 at 21:27
We'll done lad's..always thinking of others...I hope Ian & Kian had a 3 course meal waiting at home from the lovely Diana!

Reply Posted by shane on Saturday December 14 2013 at 19:10
wats up with raising money 4 r country no 1 seems bothered about r country we have floods but u helps us haha no 1 its out off r own pockets shane

Reply Posted by nicola on Saturday December 14 2013 at 19:11
Jonnyt there's no need for the snark comment. These guys did it out of the goodness of their hearts. One is my brother and nephew and I take my hat off to all four of them. Well done lads. Keep your opinions to yourself if you haven't anything nice to say.

Reply Posted by craig on Saturday December 14 2013 at 20:16
Well done lads keep up the good work.
One for you shane you silly man if you have nothing good to say then keep it to yourseif you are a dicked and a lot off people well think like me aswell...

Reply Posted by jenny leather on Saturday December 14 2013 at 20:53
Thus some pillocks about...they did good .get outta bed half a ya ;-)

Reply Posted by Mrs G on Saturday December 21 2013 at 23:08
Three of the nicest bus drivers ever. They are polite, helpful and a credit to stagecoach. They deserve credit for thinking of others rather than just themselves.
I agree with Nicola, if you have nothing constructive to say then please keep your opinions to yourselves. If the boot was on the other foot and you had done something that was worthy of a news article you would want to thanks and the publicity.

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