Bus drivers shortlisted for charity award

Halifax Tag Rugby Team
Halifax Tag Rugby Team

First Halifax drivers have been shortlisted for a UK Bus Award for charity work.

Staff from the depot in Skircoat Road are part of a team recognised for their work across Calderdale.

They will now travel to a black tie dinner at London’s Park Lane Hotel next month where they could get an industry “Oscar” for their work.

First’s North Region Charity and Sponsorship Committee has given more than £100k to local causes during the last 18 months.

Bus driver Mick O’Neil, who is a member of the charity team, said: “We are happy to have been recognised for the charity work we have been doing in Calderdale.

“It shows that sometimes the good guys do get rewarded for their selfless actions and I am sure our staff will look forward to travelling to London to find out if they have won.

“Either way the real winners are the Calderdale charities and individuals we have been lucky enough to meet and help over the past 18 months. We look forward to carrying on our good work in the future.”

The committee was set up in 2011 to give money to good causes. Chris Green, Director White Ribbon Campaign UK, said: “First has provided the campaign with exceptional levels of support and has included flood relief sponsored torch relays.” Corinne Kielty, of the Friends of Wood Bank School, said it was delighted to receive £2,000 towards a new outdloor play area. “It allowed us to transform the day-to-day lives of many children.”