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Train drivers at First TransPennine Express’ Cleethorpes depot are helping to support severely ill patients by raising funds for a local hospice. The drivers have donated £3378 of their earnings from a driving programme to St Andrew’s Hospice.
The ‘EcoDrive’ programme is run by FTPE and provides a financial reward for drivers who reduce their environmental impact by driving more fuel efficiently. The programme helps to reduce carbon emissions and the fuel savings are, in part, passed back to the drivers. However instead of holding onto the proceeds, the 34 drivers from Cleethorpes have decided to donate a portion of their funds to St Andrew’s, an independent charity providing care and treatment for those living with life threatening illnesses.
Cleethorpes driver Mark Sheppard said the drivers decided to donate the money to the local charity because of personal experiences including recently with his own Grandson. “I’ve seen the great work the hospice does first hand; I fully understand where the money we have donated will be spent and feel this is a worthwhile cause. It’s such an important service for the whole community; providing support for the patients and families across the whole of Lincolnshire. Without donations, the hospice would fail to provide such fantastic services”.
Lauren Alexander, from St Andrew’s Hospice, was overwhelmed by the generosity of the drivers and very humbled to hear of why St Andrew’s were selected. “A huge thank you for your fantastic donation; this will go a long way to ensure we can continue to provide palliative care for local people,” she said.
FTPE drivers in Cleethorpes have now donated more than £5,000 to the Hospice since 2013.