Singing #StagecoachSantas
Monday 18th December 2017 @ 16:01 by Lee Wild
Ashton Greater Manchester News

If you’re getting the bus into Manchester this week, you could be lucky enough to encounter Father Christmas himself.

That’s because in the run up to Christmas Day, Stagecoach Santas will be out and about on services to and from the City Centre.

They’ll be onboard buses singing festive songs to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH).

Stagecoaches own father and son team, Rob and Matt Stennings, have already been out and about singing for passengers alongside the RMCH’s mascot Humphrey, with kind hearted customers getting into the season of good cheer by donating to the hospital.

Rob and Matt, who also perform separately in elderly care homes across the region, sing classics such as Jingle Bells, Silent Night and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, with all money donated on bus going to Stagecoach Manchester’s charity of the year.

Photograph by Peter Powell. 13-12-2017
This is a Stagecoach event. Bus drives dressed as Santa training money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity

Stagecoach are asking passengers to share their photos of the singing Santas on social media using the “#StagecoachSantas” hashtag.

Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester managing director, said: “The hospital works tirelessly to provide the best possible care and treatment for poorly children in our region and hopefully our Stagecoach Santas can help to spread some festive cheer and raise some much needed funds in the process.

“We know purse strings are tight this time of year but we are always encouraged by the generosity of our staff and customers and hope that Rob and Matt’s performance will see as many people as possible donate aboard our selected services.”

Joel Oxberry, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is delighted to be Stagecoach’s chosen charity partner, and the Stagecoach Santas are an example of how businesses can make these charitable endeavours fun and inclusive for staff and customers alike.

“We hope that these pursuits will not only raise a few smiles, but much needed donations for poorly children under our care at such a special time of year.”