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Arriva Gifts Anniversary Funds to Local Renal Unit

22 March 19

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield

Arriva in Tamworth has donated funds raised during its 90th Anniversary celebrations last summer to Samuel Johnson Hospital’s Renal Unit, by way of saying thank you for its continued care of local bus driver, Tony Chaplain.

The business marked 90 years since its historic Aldergate premises first became the home to local buses with an open day in August 2018, taking the opportunity to sell memorabilia and mementoes of the day to guests in order to raise money for charity. Making the impressive total of £1,010 in donations, the depot management team decided that the Lichfield-based facility would be the ideal place to gift the cash due to their ongoing support of Tony.

Tony, 46, a driver in Tamworth for the past 5 years, has chronic kidney disease receives regular dialysis at the unit on Trent Valley Road, whilst continuing to work full-time for Arriva.

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital renal unit in LichfieldHe said: “The team in Tamworth have always been aware of my condition and have shown continuous support of me even when my previous kidney transplant which I had when I was a teenager began fail. To be able to still work and contribute whilst undergoing treatment benefits both my mental and physical wellbeing a huge amount, and the understanding and compassion that the management at Arriva has shown me has been brilliant.

“For money what we raised at the Anniversary celebrations to go to Samuel Johnson is a wonderful gesture, and it’s lovely to be able to give something back.”

Ben Law, Duty Manager at Arriva Tamworth, added: “Tony is a much-loved part of the Arriva Tamworth family, so selecting the Samuel Johnson Hospital Renal Unit as our charity wasn’t a difficult choice. They give him such brilliant care, which allows him the freedom to continue doing what he does best, offer amazing customer service to the people Tamworth.”