All aboard the daffodil bus in Skegness for charity

Stagecoach East Midlands Daffodil Bus launch. From left, MIchelle Hargreaves (MD of Stagecoach East Midlands), Marie Curie nurses Allsion Foster (correct) and Carol Carter, Sue Smith (Technial Nurse Manager for Marie Curie) and Gary Burr (Community Fund Raiser for Marie Curie)
Stagecoach East Midlands Daffodil Bus launch. From left, MIchelle Hargreaves (MD of Stagecoach East Midlands), Marie Curie nurses Allsion Foster (correct) and Carol Carter, Sue Smith (Technial Nurse Manager for Marie Curie) and Gary Burr (Community Fund Raiser for Marie Curie)

A yellow bus displaying tributes to local people who lost their battle with cancer is travelling around Skegness to raise cash for the Marie Curie charity.

The Daffodil Bus has been launched by Stagecoach East Midlands and will be in service alongside the firm’s popular Seasiders character buses from until June 25.

Stagecoach East Midlands Daffodil Bus launch. From left, MIchelle Hargreaves (MD of Stagecoach East Midlands), Marie Curie nurses Allsion Foster and Carol Carter, Sue Smith (technial nurse manager for Marie Curie) and Gary Burr (community fundraiser for Marie Curie).

Stagecoach East Midlands Daffodil Bus launch. From left, MIchelle Hargreaves (MD of Stagecoach East Midlands), Marie Curie nurses Allsion Foster and Carol Carter, Sue Smith (technial nurse manager for Marie Curie) and Gary Burr (community fundraiser for Marie Curie).

Messages have been printed on the side of the bus from people across Lincolnshire, wanting to show support for, or pay tribute to, a family member or friend. One message reads: “In memory of Baz Hayes, a warm, kind, loving and funny dad and grandad who loved his buses.”

Michelle Hargreaves, managing director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to show our support for such an important cause.

“This is all about paying respects to family members and friends and hopefully making people think, when they see the bus, what they can do to help.

“Not only has it raised money for an incredible charity, it raises awareness of the vital work Marie Curie does for people across our region – providing care and support to people affected by terminal illness.”

Gary Burr, community fundraiser at Marie Curie, said: “We are really pleased that Stagecoach is supporting Marie Curie. The bus looks fantastic and we are pleased with the donations so far.

“We would love more people to support the Daffodil appeal during the summer. The Daffodil Bus is a really thoughtful way for people to honour their loved ones and I hope the community will take comfort in this and remember its friends and family with fond memories.”

Space is available for more people to add a tribute by filling in an online form at www.stagecoachbus.com/daffodil.

A minimum donation of £5 is asked for, with proceeds going to the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

People will have the option of adding their own name and location to the daffodil.