Last night, the region’s largest bus company, Go North East celebrated NHS heroes and fellow key workers once more with ‘Clap for our Carers’ activities.
At Go North East’s depot in Sunderland, the company positioned its buses to spell out ‘NHS’, and the on-site workforce clapped and cheered as drivers tooted their horns and flashed their lights.
The appreciation for key workers was also shared at the company’s depot in Consett, where the workforce followed suit and were joined by Durham Police for the celebrations. Go North East team members additionally took part in activities at Hexham General Hospital.
Two Go North East operations managers, Will and Jeff, have also managed to raise almost £2,500 for toiletries and other items that will be donated to local hospitals and other causes including local foodbanks.
The company has recently launched another initiative, with customers and communities able to help by donating toiletries for the NHS.
Whilst making an essential journey or out on your daily exercise, all you need to do is pack a free-standing bag with items and bring them to a Go North East bus, placing them in the luggage pen inside so they do not need to be handled by drivers.
Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, said: “I’m very proud of our teams here and their eagerness to show their appreciation for fellow key workers.
“We’ve now launched our initiative to help collect toiletries for local hospitals and other causes, so with the help of the generous people across the North East we’ll be able to support the NHS even more.”
To find out more about Go North East and to view emergency timetables for key workers and essential journeys, visit www.gonortheast.co.uk/coronavirus.