Bus named after local hero at St Helens town hall award ceremony
Despite many heroes having walked the streets of St.Helens over the years, Monday September 3 marked the celebration of a new star in the community.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of St.Helens town, an Arriva bus was named after local hero Lynn Duffy, for her hard work and contribution to the community, at an award ceremony held at the town hall.
The event follows a region-wide search launched by Arriva in July to find local heroes in St.Helens where Lynn Duffy, founder of the HoneyRose Foundation, was selected as the exceptionally worthy recipient of the award.
Lynn commented: “The ceremony was absolutely fantastic, from seeing my name on the bus to being surrounded by my friends and colleagues at the HoneyRose Foundation, to being presented with the award by the Mayor. The whole experience was a truly exceptional moment for me and one that I will cherish.”
Founder of the HoneyRose Foundation, Lynn Duffy set up the charity in 2004 after she lost three close friends to cancer. The charity, which originally started from humble beginnings in Lynn’s bedroom, helps raise money to grant wishes for terminally ill people in St.Helens.
After years of hard work, Lynn now has a team of 19 people, as well as a shop on Cotham Street, where she and her team work tirelessly to raise money all year round to grant as many wishes as possible. Over the last fourteen years the HoneyRose Foundation has granted 9,000 wishes helping people enjoy anything from trips to London, tickets to the theatre, and even arranging weddings.
Lynn commented: “When I received the call to say that I had been selected I was in complete shock. My son hadn’t told me that he’d put me forward, so I was completely lost for words.
“I honestly feel so honoured to have won, it’s great to see that all of our hard work has been recognised and I think that this is a true reflection of every ounce of energy that the HoneyRose Foundation team puts into raising money all year round. I couldn’t do it without them all, and I’m grateful to them for believing in me and making the charity what it is today.”
The competition was launched by Arriva in celebration of the 150th anniversary of St.Helens, in a bid by Arriva to show their appreciation for such an historic town.
Lisa Pearson, Head of Marketing commented: “After so many heartwarming entries, the team at Arriva were touched to hear about how many lives Lynn has had an impact on over the last fourteen years. We feel honoured to be naming one of our buses after her.”
Lynn added: “All my life I have cared about people, I have raised funds for many charities but the HoneyRose Foundation has helped make me realise what’s important - life, people and memories.”
To make a donation to the HoneyRose Foundation please visit: www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk/contact/
Pictured above (from left to right): Mayoress Lynn Glover, Lynn Duffy & Madam Mayor Ireland.