Bus firm’s boost for char­ity

Halifax Courier - - Weekend Thought /Yoursay@ Halifaxcourier.co.uk -

A SUP­PORT ser­vice for vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple has been given a £700 cash boost.

Ston­ham, which pro­vides care to 16-25 year olds, has re­ceived the do­na­tion from travel com­pany First which has pro­vided the money through its char­i­ties and spon­sor­ship com­mit­tee.

The Calderdale char­ity aims to re­duce the im­pact of home­less­ness and so­cial ex­clu­sion by pro­mot­ing in­de­pen­dence.

Ston­ham pro­ject worker Claire O’Neill said: “We rely on do­na­tions to pro­vide paid ac­tiv­i­ties for our clients, so hav­ing this do­na­tion from First will al­low us to of­fer so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties to our clients who other­wise may not meet up and so­cialise, which will ab­so­lutely en­hance their health and well­be­ing.”

Mick O’Neill, a bus driver for First in Hal­i­fax and a mem­ber of the re­gional char­ity com­mit­tee, said: “First’s do­na­tion will help im­prove the phys­i­cal and men­tal health of some of these young peo­ple and we are proud to help such an or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We see it as our re­spon­si­bil­ity to of­fer sup­port to lo­cal char­i­ties and our new re­gional char­i­ties and spon­sor­ship com­mit­tee is avail­able to those good causes need­ing a fi­nan­cial help­ing hand,” he added.

Just the ticket: Mick O’Neill, a bus driver for First in Hal­i­fax, with Lee Fountain (right) of Ston­ham

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