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Anna Bilska, a Go North East bus driver who ran 107km to help raise money for Children in Need
Anna Bilska, a Go North East bus driver who ran 107km to help raise money for Children in Need

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Go North East raises hundreds of pounds for Children in Need

Team members from across the region’s largest bus company, Go North East, switched up their usual uniform for fancy dress and yellow clothing on Friday to raise money for BBC’s Children in Need.

The team also took part in the ‘Act Your Age’ challenge, with activities relating to the number 107, which is the number of years that Go North East has been proudly serving the people of our region.

Activities included a 107-second plank, a 107-metre egg and spoon race, 107 exercises in one go, and bus driver Anna Bilska, from the company’s Consett depot, took things to the next level by running 107 kilometres in a single day.

Thanks to their efforts, the team managed to raise hundreds of pounds for Children in Need.

Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, said: “It was great to see so many people getting involved to raise funds for such a great cause, and I’m blown away by Anna’s commitment to run 107 kilometres in one day.

“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve raised money for charities and relaxed uniform for special occasions like bank holiday weekends, and more recently Halloween, with this just the latest in a series of activities to lift the spirits of colleagues and customers alike.

“It’s our little way of spreading a bit of cheer and helping put smiles on people’s faces.”

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On the Go since 1913

Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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