Stagecoach and Poppyscotland unite to provide free Remembrance Day travel for veterans
• Partnership in place for third consecutive year
• Free travel provided on market-leading megabus.com services
Transport group Stagecoach and Armed Forces veterans' charity, Poppyscotland have joined forces for the third year in a row to offer free travel for veterans attending Remembrance Day ceremonies in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Free travel on Stagecoach's market-leading budget coach service megabus.com will be available to all ex-Servicemen and women (and their families) living in Scotland.
Thousands of veterans are expected to attend the main Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London on 14 November. The Queen, religious leaders, politicians, representatives of state and the Forces will gather to pay their respects to British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in conflict.
Scotland's national remembrance ceremony will take place on the same date, at the Stone of Remembrance, near Edinburgh Castle. The event will also mark the end of the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal, which last year raised £2.2 million for veterans in need.
Glasgow's remembrance service will take place at the Cenotaph in George Square, attended by dignitaries and veterans from the city and surrounding areas.
Poppyscotland Chief Executive, Ian McGregor, said: "We are very pleased that, thanks to Stagecoach, ex-Service people and their families have an opportunity to pay tribute to their fallen comrades at remembrance services in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. For some, it would otherwise have been impossible to attend these ceremonies and it will mean a great deal to the ex-Service community in Scotland to know that they are being recognised at this poignant time of year."
The free travel offer to London, Edinburgh and Glasgow is available on megabus.com journeys from Aberdeen, Aviemore, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverkeithing, Inverness, Kinross, Perth, Pitlochry and Stirling*.
Operations Manager for megabus.com, Ian Laing, said: "Our Servicemen and women have made huge sacrifices over many years and many conflicts, and they continue to do so. It is only right that we help them remember those who were lost in action and we are pleased to be playing our part by providing travel to the Remembrance Day services."
Stagecoach has also agreed to provide free travel on megabus.com services for students from Glasgow University and Edinburgh University who are taking part in a Rag Raid challenge in both cities on Saturday 13 November to raise money for Poppyscotland.
Veterans wishing to access the service should call 0131 550 1557. They will be required to provide their Service details and confirm the megabus.com service they wish to use. Timetable information is available at www.megabus.com/uk, or by calling 0871 266 3333 (calls cost 10p/min from a BT landline. Other providers may vary).
For veterans attending the London ceremony, the megabus.com offer applies to travel booked between Friday 12 November and Monday 15 November.
For those attending the services in Glasgow or Edinburgh, the offer applies to travel booked between Saturday 13 November and Sunday 14 November.
* Direct travel to London is served by megabus from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Perth. People wishing to travel to London from Aviemore, Pitlochry, Stirling, Inverkeithing and Kinross should connect to one of the above locations for the onward journey. All journeys are free.
Poppyscotland reaches more veterans and dependants in Scotland than any other veterans' charity. This is achieved in two ways:
• Directly through financial assistance – last year we helped 1,400 individuals
• Indirectly by giving grants to veterans' organisations that specialise in veterans' issues. Last year we gave over £1 million to 13 organisations.