Sickle Cell charity representatives visit Brixton garage to say thanks for Payroll Giving donations
Each year, our staff continue to give generously to over 160 charities every week through our Payroll Giving scheme, and 2018 looks to be no exception. For this year’s campaign, as well as committing to The Lord Mayor’s Show and #Giving Tuesday, we decided to invite some of the charities to visit our garages, along with our colleagues at Payroll Giving in Action, and meet with the staff who are giving so generously.
Last week, we were delighted to welcome Michelle Salter and Donna Prendergast from the Sickle Cell Society to our Brixton garage, to meet with some of the givers and also record a few words about what the Payroll Givers' generosity means to their charity.
Michelle, who is the vice chair and treasurer of the society in the UK, explained:
"The Sickle Cell Society is Britain's only national charity for sickle cell disorders, an inherited haemoglobin disorder. It aims to raise awareness of sickle cell disorders, push for improvements to treatment and provide advice, information and support to the sickle cell community. Currently, Payroll Giving represents ten percent of our income. Without it, we wouldn't be able to run the children's holidays and our administration would completely dry up, and there wouldn't be a Sickle Cell Service."
Her associate Donna, who is the society's South London community manager, is currently managing a big Lottery funded project called the South London Sickle Cell Link, said:
"Payroll Giving is essential to us. It's our bread and butter and the contributions made by Arriva London's staff are really valuable, and we would like to say a big thank you to them.
Payroll Giving donations keep us going. Obviously, with funders giving us money it helps, but it’s not guaranteed. But with donations coming from Payroll Givers, it gives us something that's continual, which gives us sustainability we wouldn't otherwise have.”
Published : Thu 6th Apr. 2017 - Thu 11th May. 2017
Vintage bus parade at Victoria Bus Station to mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus features an Arriva route
To mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus, there was a parade of vintage buses at Victoria Bus Station on Wednesday morning.
The visit had been organised following Leon meeting Enfield bus driver Malkiat Birdi, whilst he was attending the TfL initiative for drivers called Hello London.
Making the capital’s buses as simple to use as the London Underground is a new initiative being trialled on seven London bus routes, including Arriva London routes 150 and 128.
In association with TfL and HCT Transport, we opened our doors to welcome the public, giving them the opportunity to explore the garage, meet our operations teams, ride on a bus through the bus wash, tour our operations control centres and see & ride on some historic preserved buses.
Our recent route gains in North London include route 19, from Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge (South Side), which has meant implementing an extensive mobilisation programme to maintain our high standards.
One of the most important elements in Arriva London’s development is the training and education it offers its staff, from engineering apprentices to graduate trainees, everyone in the business is offered the opportunity to develop and flourish.