Ash Grove bus depot in Hackney opened its doors to the community, raising over £2000 for St Joseph’s Hospice– which cares for and supports people affected by serious illness.

The day was a real success, with over 800 visitors coming to look around, meet depot staff, ride heritage buses, view a display of current and historic vehicles, tour the operation centre – and even ride a bus through the bus wash.

The open day was put on in partnership between HCT Group, Transport for London and Arriva and attended by the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville – who spent a couple of hours looking around and enjoying the event.
Funds were raised through a small entry fee and programme sales, leading to a donation made to St Joseph’s at Ash Grove on Thursday 1 June.

Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive, who was also at the event, said “I was delighted to see so many people at the day, enjoying themselves and getting to know more about us and our work. There was a really good mix of local people from our community, families on a day out and bus enthusiasts.

“We’re also really happy to have been able to support St Joseph’s, who are just across the street from the depot and an outstandingly good cause.”

Gemma Cornwell, Acting Director of Fundraising, St Joseph’s Hospice said: “We are really grateful to the Ash Grove bus depot, and their partners, for all their hard work in driving this event and making it such a big success. Our volunteers were very impressed by how well organised it was, and really enjoyed the day. The £2,000 raised could help pay for a day of nursing care on one of our wards, which is why the support of our local community is so vital.”

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