The Lothian family annual ‘Poppy Bus’ today, was revealed today, 30 October, at the opening of this years Remembrance Garden in Princes Street Gardens.
This year’s high impact design takes a modern turn featuring a creative of cascading bright red poppies set against an all-white background.
Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said:
We are delighted to once again have such extensive and visible support from Lothian Buses. The bus wrap is stunning and it is extremely heartening to see every single bus in the Lothian family in and around Edinburgh displaying poppies. As the fleet travels many miles over the coming fortnight, we hope it will encourage and inspire the public to go the #ExtraMile in their support of this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal.
As well as the specially created ‘Poppy Bus’, each vehicle in the Lothian fleet, including East Coast Buses, Lothian Country and Edinburgh Bus Tours, will be decorated with an individual poppy vinyl to show our partnership with Poppyscotland and support of the campaign. We will also fundraise internally with poppies and pins and staff will be able to place wooden crosses in the Lothian area of the Remembrance Garden.
Gaynor Marshall, Lothians Communication Director said:
Edinburgh and the Lothians have a long-standing special relationship with our armed forces and Lothian has many former military personnel working across our business in a range of different roles.
Poppyscotland’s annual fundraising appeal is very close to our hearts and is important to our staff and to our customers, which is why we make a particular effort every year to recognise and honour the armed forces. We hope that our Poppy Bus will once again be popular with the residents and visitors of the City and prove to be a fitting tribute for those who have given service to our country.
The theme of this year’s Scottish Poppy Appeal is #ExtraMile. While tin donations remain absolutely vital to help fund Poppyscotland’s life-changing support, the charity is encouraging supporters – existing or new – to go the #ExtraMile in their fundraising for this year’s Appeal. To do this they have been sharing the stories of some of their amazing fundraisers and Poppyscotland hope this will inspire others to do the same, whether that be a bungee jump or a bake sale. Every extra penny raised makes a huge difference. For more information visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/extramile.