Straight from the heart, Transdev’s tribute to the UK’s unsung Covid-19 heroes

2020.04.05
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In the north of England, our subsidiary The Harrogate Bus Company takes to the road colourful buses featuring photos of National Health Service (NHS) teams and key workers. 

They’re working hard for their community during the Coronavirus pandemic. Their efforts to keep vital services going are recognized in the first of a series of moving tributes by Transdev Blazefield in England to local NHS teams and key workers.

The Harrogate Bus Company teamed up with local newspaper the Harrogate Advertiser to create a specially liveried ‘Harrogate Heroes’ bus to remind everyone of the important role NHS staff and key workers have in our everyday lives, from postal workers to police officers, carers to cleaners – as they maintain vital services.

The remarkable care, compassion and resilience being shown by NHS staff and key workers in our community is at the heart of this wonderful tribute by The Harrogate Bus Company. The dedication of so many wonderful people makes me incredibly proud to be part of a team of over 4,000 colleagues at HDFT pulling out every stop every single day. While I’m so proud of the NHS, there’s no way we could do all this without the support of key workers in the NHS and beyond in the wider community. They’re an invisible army, often receiving little recognition, and this ‘Harrogate Heroes’ bus will make all who see it think for a moment about the vitally important work being done to keep our community going. We’re so grateful for their hard work and support.

Steve Russell, Chief Executive of the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

The special bus is now complete, resplendent in gleaming red with a blue NHS heart and rainbow, surrounded by photos of local key workers and health service staff. Each was nominated by proud friends and relatives to appear on the sides of the vehicle via social media.

Vital work by the bus operator’s own teams to keep transportation links running for key workers and those needing to reach food shops and essential services is also recognized on the back of the bus with pictures of some of its drivers, engineers and support staff based at its Harrogate headquarters.

Vital work by our own teams to keep transportation links running for key workers and those needing to reach food shops and essential services is also recognized on the back of the bus with pictures of some of its drivers, engineers and support staff based at its Harrogate headquarters. As key workers ourselves, our drivers and support teams know first-hand how important it is to keep on serving local people by helping others who need to make a journey, including to and from work or to pick up food or access services. We know there are many unsung heroes doing all kinds of jobs right now who deserve our community’s thanks, and so we decided to recognize them by covering our ‘Heroes’ buses with their photos, along with the jobs they do – with our amazing NHS workers given pride of place. We’ve already had an amazing reaction to our ‘Harrogate Heroes’ bus – and we’ll be creating more Heroes buses across the North, in each of the towns we serve, working with local media partners to create a fitting tribute to the often unsung heroes of our communities.

Alex Hornby, CEO of Transdev Blazefield

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