Stockwell Bus Garage Open Day

today 15 October 2016

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In celebration of 160 years of London General, Go-Ahead London opened its doors to Stockwell Bus Garage on Saturday 15 October 2016 between 11am and 4pm to hold an Open Day with activities and something to please everyone.
 
There was fun activities in Kiddies’ Corner which included face painting, a bouncy castle and author of Bradley the Bus, Inderjit Puaar signing books. We also had a special visitor from Reptile Events - Reptile Rescue, Lucas Rudge and his team who were answering questions and allowing anyone aged five or older to handle snakes and lizards under close supervision.
 
Visitors also had the chance to:
 
•           Visit our array of stalls and stands
•           Meet the ‘Missing People’ team
•           Have a ride on a horse-drawn bus
•           Take a ride through the bus wash
•           View our stunning static bus display including vintage buses
•           Enjoy a vintage bus trip through London in Class V buses
•           Talk to staff about becoming a bus driver at our Recruitment stand
•           Take a view of the iconic roof from an open top bus and listen to an architectural talk
 
In Support of Missing People
Our chosen charity was Missing People who is the only charity in the UK which is dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back together with their families. Life can feel like a desperate and unbearable struggle as loved ones wait for days or even years for news. Missing People are there for people missing and their families, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide free and confidential support by phone, text or email.

Josie Allan, Missing People's Regional Manager, South of England attended the day with her colleague. "I can honestly say it was one of the best events I have had the opportunity to work at," said Josie.  "All of your colleagues and the attendees at the event were wonderful. I couldn’t believe the generosity of all the people I saw donating and I had some really lovely conversations with people who were interested in finding out more about ‘missing people’ and how they could help."

"Our stand was very well visited and I could see how much people were enjoying the whole day. It was a real pleasure to attend."

"Thank you so much for choosing us to be beneficiaries and for making us feel so welcome. Please also pass on my thanks to your whole team and the stand holders who gave such amazing amounts!"

 
Donations
On the day of the event, we managed to raise around £4,000 for the Missing People charity. This money will go a long way to help answer more calls from vulnerable children, adults and families searching for a loved one; support the family of a missing person for an entire year; and help publicise the case of a missing child, helping to reunite families.
 
The Stockwell Open Day was enjoyed by many and Go-Ahead London would like to thank the generosity of the stallholders, catering team and visitors who helped in raising a substantial amount of money for a very worthy charity.