Corporate social responsibility

At Arriva UK Bus we are a national service provider with a regional commitment to delivering dedicated, local services that live right at the heart of the communities in which we operates.

As such, Arriva makes the conscious decision to support initiatives that are close to the consciousness of both our customers and our regional teams. Find out a little more about the charitable causes and local groups we have helped:


Honorary inspector

John Gibson

Region: Arriva Buses Wales

Date: August 2014

Participants: Bangor depot

Activity: Die-hard Bangor City supporter and local hero, John Gibson, was rewarded for his ongoing commitment to the team by being named as honorary ‘inspector’ on board the 78F shuttle bus that goes to the football ground via the bus station for all home games throughout the season.

Outcome: John, who keeps a book with the scores of every game since the 1960s, has had his confidence boosted by helping ensure fellow supporters pay their fares on board.


Undeterred by punctures

Southend

Region: Arriva in the South East

Date: July 2014

Participants: Dan Brookes, Steve Tucker, Daniel Bell and Rachel French from the Southend garage.

Activity: The four game cyclists from completed a 52-mile charity ride from London to Southend in a creditable four-and-a-half hours, despite one of them suffering no less than six punctures en route.

Outcome: The team raised around £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which organised the challenge.


Skydiving in the North East

Steve Hughes

Region: Arriva North East

Date: June 2014

Participants: Stockton driver, Steve Hughes

Activity: Steve and two friends took part in a tandem skydive at Teesside Airport to raise money for Cancer Research in honour of fellow Stockton driver, Kev James, who sadly lost his life to terminal cancer in spring 2014.

Outcome: The activity raised more than £1,000, helped in part by the support of Steve’s colleagues in Stockton.


Conquered 50 peaks

St Helens

Region: Arriva North West

Date: June 2014

Participants: St Helens’ drivers Ray Moss, Taffy Williams, Neil McCleod and Alan Ready

Activity: The drivers conquered 50 peaks in the Lake District over the course of a mammoth fiver day hike.

Outcome: Their efforts raised massive £1,400 for Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens.


Catching them young!

John McNee

Region: Arriva Merseyside

Date: June 2014

Participants: Bootle driver, John McNee

Activity: John was asked to talk to classes of four and five-year-olds about his job and the bus industry in general by teaching staff at St Elizabeth’s Primary School.

Outcome: The children were able to have all their questions answered, including what was it like to be a bus driver, as well as subjects on bus safety, and the provisions made for mums with prams and wheelchair-users.


Night riders

Dartford

Region: Arriva Southern Counties

Date: July 2014

Participants: Dartford drivers, Rob Hipkin, Mel Johnson and Phil Martin

Activity: Having only taken-up cycling four months earlier, the trio undertook the gruelling 68-mile London to Brighton Night Ride, setting off from London at 10.30pm and arriving in Brighton at 6am.

Outcome: Between them, they raised £550 for the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.


Wrexham's midnight walkers

Wrexham night walk

Region: Arriva Buses Wales

Date: June 2014

Participants: Chester drivers, Angela Baker and Emma Roberts with their friend Yvonne Wilkinson.

Activity: The trio undertook a 10km Ladies Midnight Walk around Wrexham, starting at midnight and finishing two-and-a-half hours later.

Outcome: They raised £600 for the Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.


Portmeirion adventure

Portmeirion

Region: Arriva Buses Wales

Date: June 2014

Participants: Bangor depot

Activity: Driver David Lamb accompanied 30 day-trippers from the Maesgeirchen Estate in Bangor as they went on free bus trip to the famous village of Portmeirion on the Dwyryd Estuary.

Outcome: Arriva annually strives organise a special outing for the pensioners as a thank you to the community. Next year, as they do every year, the group will go and enjoy a new and different adventure courtesy of the Bangor depot.