News All Aboard! Stagecoach launches charity partnership to support local hospitals We are thrilled to announce that Stagecoach Oxford have chosen Oxford Hospitals Charity as their charity of the year, after staff at the company were asked to vote for a local cause to support. The partnership will see staff at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire undertake a range of fundraising activities throughout the year for their fellow keyworkers at their local hospitals. Emily Waddell, Community Fundraising Manager at Oxford Hospitals Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Stagecoach Charity Partner. We truly admire their passion, company ethos, enthusiasm and commitment towards charitable giving and we can’t wait to get started on working together on some incredible projects! ‘It makes it all the more special knowing we have been chosen by their own key workers, to help support our own key workers across all of our hospitals, as well as our patients.” Karen Coventry, Commercial Director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, comments: “We are proud to be supporting Oxford Hospitals Charity for the next year. “Supporting local charities is something we hold close to our hearts at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and after a tough year, the drivers and staff throughout our Oxfordshire network wanted to support a charity which has given so much to the community and we look forward to a year of fundraising, by keyworkers, for keyworkers.” To kick start the partnership, Stagecoach has donated a special bus stop sign to the Horton General Hospital to support a project for patients with dementia. Patients with dementia can find great comfort in familiar surroundings and the hospital team at the Horton decided a bus stop would be a brilliant way to engage with their patients. The bus stop will be placed in a new reminiscence room in the hospital which is being designed to offer a safe and quiet space for dementia patients who can become anxious when in unfamiliar environments. The reminiscence room will feature a host of objects that will be familiar to patients, and therefore help to relax and reassure them. Alongside the bus stop, where patients will be able to sit and relax in recognisable surroundings, the room will include pictures of Banbury from many years ago, Dementia-friendly games, an old-fashioned radio, a television playing black and white films, and a large aquarium full of tropical fish. Stagecoach have pledged that the first £10,000 they raise will support this very special project. Local companies can make such a difference to our charity – allowing us to achieve so much to make our hospitals more welcoming and friendly for patients, equipped with the very best technology. A huge thank you to all the Stagecoach team for choosing to support us – we can’t wait to get going! To find out more about how Oxford Hospitals Charity makes a difference across the wards and departments of your local hospitals, get in touch with the team via the methods below. Tel: 01865 743 444 Email: [email protected] MAKE A DONATION NOW OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT Do remember to tick the Gift Aid box if you are a UK taxpayer, as that will increase your donation by 25 percent.