National Express Employee Charity Panel Provides Thousands in Funding Support

11 Jan 2018

Published in: Member News

IMG 1941 copyright Terri Samantha PhotographyIn 2017, the National Express Employee Charity Panel donated £8,000 to over 30 different charities and community groups personally supported by the company's UK employees.

Since it was launched in 2009, the Panel has awarded over £121,500 to hundreds of charities and groups across the UK.

Cancer Research UK is one of the latest charities to benefit, with £1,000 being donated thanks to the efforts of National Express West Midlands driver Nathan Reynolds.

Nathan organised a charity football match involving over 20 colleagues from the bus operator's Walsall garage. He had an initial target of £250, however that target was smashed and the fundraising total reached £750.

The National Express Employee Charity Panel then voted unanimously to provide a further donation as they were so impressed by Nathan's charitable work, taking the overall total to £1,000.

Matt Reynolds, Operations Manager at National Express West Midlands, said:

"Nathan did a fantastic job of getting everybody together to do something positive for a cause that is close to our hearts. The football match was great fun and there was a real sense of team pride on the day. We're all delighted to have beat our target and to be able to give £1,000 to Cancer Research UK."

The Charity Panel itself is made up of employee representatives from across National Express Group's UK businesses. The Panel meets quarterly to review applications for donations from other employees that volunteer their own time to help community groups, or actively take part in fundraising activities to raise money for their chosen charities.

Some of the other charities and groups that received donations in 2017 include Walking With The Wounded, Round Table Children's Wish, SIFA Fireside, Alzheimer's Society, Hope for Justice and the Gorlin Syndrome Group, among many others.

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