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  • 15 September 2011
  • By Stagecoach

Bus staff at Stagecoach in Sheffield are driving passengers to distraction - after getting together to pose in the all together for a charity calendar. Twenty one drivers - nineteen men and two women - from the company's Holbrook depot have shed their inhibitions and their uniforms in aid of The Children's Hospital Charity. Showing the bare facts of life on the buses in Full Monty fashion is also promoting Stagecoach in Sheffield's fleet of new diesel-electric hybrid buses. Driver Chris Brownhill, who came up with the idea for the calendar after losing a granddaughter to cancer, said: "The Children's Hospital is very close to my heart which is why I wanted to come up with a concept that would attract lots of interest and raise a really big total for the charity. "It is fantastic that the whole depot and company is behind the idea. We have a great team spirit at Stagecoach and I'm so grateful to all the volunteers who took part." The hybrid buses, with technology developed by BAE systems, will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 per cent compared to normal double deckers. Costing £6m and purchased with the help of a £1.9m grant from the government's Green Bus Fund, the 21 buses with free wi-fi will be introduced on the 120 service (Fulwood - Ranmoor - Broomhill - Sheffield city centre - Manor Top - Frecheville - Waterthorpe - Halfway). The 120 now forms part of the innovative and recently launched Optio partnership with Sheffield City Council, SYPTE, First South Yorkshire and TM Travel. Paul Lynch, Stagecoach Yorkshire's managing director, said: "The photographs for the calendar, some individual, some group shots, are tasteful but entertaining and we are hoping customers will be able to recognise the drivers without their clothes on! "It's all good fun for a very worthy cause and we are very proud of all the drivers for daring to bare all for the sake of charity to highlight the new environmentally friendly Hybrid buses which will be used in South Yorkshire for the first time." The calendars, costing £6, will be on sale at the 2011 South Yorkshire Transport Rally, at Meadowhall, on Sunday 18 September, and Showbus 2011 - Britain's biggest vintage and modern bus and coach display taking place in Duxford on the same day. They will also be available from Friday, September 23 from East Midlands Trains at Sheffield and Chesterfield train station ticket offices, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive information centres across the region, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield City Hall and Sheffield's two university freshers' fayres. The calendars can also be purchased by sending a postal order for £7.50, which includes postage made payable to Stagecoach Yorkshire to Stagecoach Yorkshire, Unit 4, Eldon Arcade, Barnsley, S70 2JP. The Children's Hospital Charity supports and enhances the work of Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust and funds four key areas - specialist medical equipment, research into the prevention and cure of childhood illness, new facilities to extend the range of treatment and improvements to the hospital environment that will benefit patients, families and visitors. For more information about The Children's Hospital Charity and other ways you can support please contact Rebecca on 0114 2717203 or email charity@sch.nhs.uk.