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York College Staff Celebrated as Yorkshire’s Unsung COVID-19 Heroes

Engineering and Estates staff from York College are recognised as unsung heroes of the Coronavirus pandemic on bus firm Transdev’s moving tribute to ‘Yorkshire’s Heroes’.

Transdev teamed up with the region’s favourite morning newspaper, the Yorkshire Post, to create a specially-liveried ‘Yorkshire Heroes’ bus to remind everyone of the key role NHS staff and key workers have played in our everyday lives as they maintain vital services across the region.

The bus carries photos of Yorkshire key workers and NHS staff. Each was nominated by proud friends and relatives, and the organisations they represent to appear on the sides of the bus.

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Transdev CEO Alex Hornby says: “There are many unsung heroes who deserve our community's thanks for their contribution throughout the pandemic, so we're recognising them by featuring their photos on our 'Yorkshire Heroes’ bus, along with the jobs they do – including our amazing NHS workers and those who support them. In partnership with the Yorkshire Post, we invited nominations to appear on this very special bus, one of a series we've created across the North. We're delighted with the positive response from people who share our desire to recognise those who continue to do so much for us all."

Among those who appear on the Yorkshire Heroes bus are members of the team from York College – Tony Pollard, Jim McMahon Chloe Black, Gerry Keenan and Ian Dawkes - who together have produced dozens of transparent safety face visors for use in the National Health Service.

Paul Lawrence, Director of Marketing at York College: “When the country went into lockdown York College was instantly proactive in the region, sending supplies to the NHS and mass producing face visors to support those working on the front line. It has been a challenging time for all and, like many organisations, our staff and students have been amazing, working together to help the community.”

The Yorkshire Heroes bus will be seen across Leeds, York and to the North Yorkshire coast on Transdev’s award-winning Coastliner route. It’s one of a series of special ‘Heroes’ liveried buses dedicated to communities across the North served by Transdev’s buses, including Harrogate where the bus operator is based.

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