Thousands raised for Ukraine by generous bus drivers and passengers

2 weeks ago Thu 16th Jun 2022

Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus have sent a combined total of almost £3,000 to support Ukraine, including donations from passengers, drivers and other colleagues.

A striking double decker bus is being used across Plymouth and Cornwall to show support for the people of Ukraine and to help raise vital funds for those affected by the war.

The bus is being used on Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus routes to help raise awareness of the Disaster Emergency Committee’s humanitarian appeal, with a donation point inside for those who wish to give cash.

Drivers and other colleagues wore blue and yellow for a week in exchange for a donation and to show their support, and other fundraising activities took place.

The grand total so far is £2,919.30, which has been sent to the DEC Ukraine Appeal. The bus is still being used across Plymouth and Cornwall, and donations will be monitored and sent to the appeal periodically.

Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus are also working with the local authorities to provide free bus transport to any refugees arriving in the area as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

Richard Stevens, MD of Go South West, which incorporates Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus, said: “Like many people we felt saddened and pretty helpless by the Ukraine War. We hope our Peace Bus is going to be a strong visual demonstration of our support wherever it travels across Plymouth and Cornwall.

“The events in Ukraine have shocked us all, and we know lots of people will be affected in different ways. Many of our team felt that they wanted to do something positive to help, and by doing this we can encourage our colleagues, passengers and all people in our community to contribute.”