Bus drivers offer a fair deal to appeal

BUS drivers in Calderdale are being given the chequebook by the region's biggest bus operator and are being asked to decide which local charities should benefit as part of a £50,000 charity giving drive.

First, which runs buses in the district and thoughout West and North Yorkshire, cipal bus operator, has launched a new Charity and Sponsorship panel in the area.

It is asking local charities, or individuals looking for sponsorship, to get in touch to apply for a slice of 50,000 on offer over the next 12 months.

And to ensure the money goes to the most worthy causes, staff, including bus drivers, have been selected onto the panel.

They will get the final say on which local causes are most deserving of a financial helping hand.

First has run a similar scheme at a national level over past two years and has donated some 220,000 to worthwhile charity projects across the UK.

Recently it backed the Children's Heart Surgery Fund at the Leeds General Infirmary Hospital with 4,000 to be spent on refurbishing a children's playroom on the heart surgery ward.

Dave Alexander, regional managing director for First in the North of England, said: "Our bus drivers, are right at the heart of local communities and therefore it seemed the obvious decision to ask them who they think should get a share of our charity money."

For more information go to First's website www.firstgroup.com/ukbus.