Santas swap sleighs for buses

Drivers at Stagecoach North East in South Shields swapped their uniforms for festive costumes in aid of CLIC Sargent during December. Their annual Christmas campaign raised an incredible £3,500! 

Santas swap sleighs for buses

CLIC Sargent has been supported by the depot over the years, in memory of nine-year-old Jack Leggett from South Tyneside. 

Thanks to the incredible generosity from passengers, £3,121 was collected on board throughout December, with the people of South Shields digging deep into their pockets. The bus company then boosted the money raised to a fantastic £3,500.

The team at the depot were moved when they heard of Jack's death from a brain tumour in 2013, and are keen to support CLIC Sargent whenever they can.

Eight years running

Showing his support for the eighth year, veteran bus driver Kenny Ramsey from Heaton Gardens in South Shields was one of the drivers who took part.

He was delighted to hand over the cheque to the charity alongside Jack’s grandad David Young, and mother Susan Clarkson.

Kenny, 64, who has been a driver for 45 years, said:

“CLIC Sargent is a wonderful cause, working so hard in our local community and we are very proud to have helped again this year." 

“Every year the response from the public is really positive - it’s fantastic. Everyone loves Santa Claus and I think it has become a part of the build up to Christmas in the community. It’s just good fun and certainly gives a great atmosphere on the buses.

"We collected funds for CLIC Sargent as it’s on our doorstep and is popular with the team, after a friend and former employee at the depot tragically lost his grandson to cancer and CLIC Sargent was of great support.

“I really want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us, including Stagecoach and Lee Hughes from the Red Hackle pub, as it is their generosity that makes the difference.” 

A joint effort

Joining Kenny were bus drivers George Miller dressed as Santa and Anthony Owens dressed as an elf! During their shifts, the drivers handed out festive novelties to help make the journeys for passengers that little bit more jolly.

The cheque was collected by CLIC Sargent local Fundraising Engagement Manager Lindsay Kay and the money raised will be used to further support CLIC Sargent's work.

Lindsay said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Kenny, everyone at Stagecoach and the very generous local community for raising such a wonderful amount and for their continued support.

"At CLIC Sargent, our vision is that every young person with cancer and their families will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond, including bereaved families living with emotional pain."

Janine Fowley, operations manager for the South Shields depot, said: “I’m really proud of our staff for going above and beyond and getting into the Christmas spirit by dressing up as Santa, all in the name of charity.

"They’ve raised a great amount, which will help to further boost the fantastic support provided by CLIC Sargent. Special thanks also go to our passengers who kindly donated to different charities on board the buses.”

Find out more

To find out how you can do your own fundraising for CLIC Sargent, please contact the Supporter Engagement Team on 0300 330 0803 (option 2) or email: