Bus company staff do their bit for Children’s Cancer Run

Shaun Anderson, duty manager at Stagecoach North East, Janet Price, fundraising manager for NECCR, Dominic Halliwell with mum Natalie Halliwell and David Sharp, service development officer at Stagecoach North East get ready for the race.
Shaun Anderson, duty manager at Stagecoach North East, Janet Price, fundraising manager for NECCR, Dominic Halliwell with mum Natalie Halliwell and David Sharp, service development officer at Stagecoach North East get ready for the race.

Three employees from Stagecoach North East are donating their time to provide a shuttle service for a regional children’s charity race in Newcastle for the second year.

Service development officer David Sharp and duty manager Shaun Anderson, along with a colleague, are taking time from their normal shift to drive runners and spectators taking part in the Children’s Cancer Run on Sunday, May 15.

David, 39, from Westoe in South Shields, was happy to be involved again after offering his services along with his colleagues at last year’s event.

He said: “We helped out at last year’s event and it was good fun, so when we were asked to participate again this year we didn’t think twice about saying yes.

“The Children’s Cancer Run is such a well loved and popular event and attracts runners and visitors from across the region, so we were delighted to take part for the second year and help runners and visitors get to race and back and ensure a smooth service for everyone.”

The service will run from the Four Lane Ends Metro and Regent Centre Metro to the Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse, starting at 8.45am and running every 30 minutes until 2.30pm.

There will be a small charge of 50p per journey to cover fuel on the day; however the drivers have agreed to donate their time and operate the service for free.

Three-year-old Dominic Halliwell from Low Fell in Gateshead was just 10-weeks-old when his parents and doctors discovered he was poorly, and following a series of intensive tests and scans he was diagnosed with a rare type of tumour which affects only a small number of children worldwide.