EDWARDS COACHES ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS CHARITY COMPETITION

Award winning South Wales company Edwards Coaches Ltd. has announced ten winners of its recent charity competition despite initially intending to offer the prize to four charities.

The competition was launched via Facebook on 1st April 2019 offering charities a free advertising space on the back of one of its brand new local service buses.

A total of 84 charities entered in quick succession and, overwhelmed by the response, Edwards has decided to award ten charities with a space on a selection of its school and local service buses.

These buses are seen throughout South Wales, particularly in the Pontypridd and Cardiff areas, and each charity advertising space will last for one year.

Jason Edwards FCILT, Managing Director of Edwards said: “When we launched this competition we did so with the aim of helping four fantastic charities gain excellent exposure across our network. However, we were so genuinely overwhelmed by the response that we decided to help more brilliant causes and increase the number of charities to ten and give them publicity for 12 months. We want to help as many people who help people in communities as we can.”

Rhian Mannings, Founder and CEO of 2 Wish Upon a Star said: “2 Wish was established after the sudden death of my son George. Five days after his death his father Paul took his own life traumatised by his loss. There was no support available and our family were left alone to cope. 2 Wish Upon a Star has helped over four hundred and eighty families, many in the South Wales area, but we know there are still suddenly bereaved parents in Wales that need and deserve our support. We desperately need to raise awareness and being selected to feature on an Edwards bus will be instrumental in helping us to achieve this goal. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and very much look forward to working with Edwards.”

A full list of the winning charities:

• 2 Wish Upon a Star
• Age Connects Cardiff & the Vale
• Believe Organ Donor Support
• Blood Bikes Wales
• CF Warriors
• Cariad Defibrillators Wales
• ELITE Supported Employment
• The UK Sepsis Trust
• Thrive Cardiff
• Y Bont

EDWARDS COACHES PARTNERS WITH ABER VALLEY MALE VOICE CHOIR

Award winning company Edwards Coaches is pleased to announce its partnership with the renowned Aber Valley Male Voice Choir.

The partnership builds upon Edwards’ continued support and investment in its local community, including transport for fundraisers at Velindre Cancer Hospital and its competition to offer free advertising for a charity.

Aber Valley Male Voice Choir celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and has sung across the globe including performances in the USA, Canada, France and Spain. In 2015 and 2016 the choir was invited to sing at the InterCeltic festival in Lorient, Brittany, which was the largest ever.

The choir have used Edwards’ coach hire department for years and so it’s very fitting that the two have now joined forces.

Geraint Evans BEM, musical director said: “Our motto ‘Have Song, Will Travel’ is certainly an apt description of the choir’s relationship with Edwards Coaches. We have hired their coaches for many years and found the company very accommodating to our needs. The choir’s relationship with the company couldn’t be better.”

Jason Edwards FCILT, Managing Director of Edwards Coaches said: “The choir is as much a part of the DNA of South Wales as daffodils growing on the hills and so they are a natural fit for us at Edwards to partner with. Both organisations have a long history in the area and the opportunity to support such an institution is nothing short of an honour. Not to mention that they’ve promised us a free performance at head office!”

EDWARDS COACHES WINS OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AT NATIONAL EXPRESS AWARDS

South Wales based company Edwards Coaches adds another award to its arsenal as it scoops ‘Operator of the Year: 21+ Vehicles’ at National Express’ annual Operator Awards.

Edwards has operated the National Express service from South Wales as well as Bristol and Avonmouth for 2 years, picking up a number of awards along the way including the High Achiever Award, Gold Standard Operator and Engineering Gold Standard.

A variety of factors contributed to this year’s win. In 2018 the company carried a total of 1,460,194 customers, received 78 direct driver praises and underwent 133 vehicle audits. This was in addition to Edwards achieving the ‘Gold Engineering Standard’ and ‘Rolling Gold Operator’.

Chris Hardy, Managing Director at National Express UK Coach said: “We wouldn’t be National Express without any of our operators. Edwards Coaches helps to keep us on the roads on a daily basis and I am pleased to have this opportunity to recognise their efforts and celebrate them as a valued partner.”

Jason Edwards FCILT, Managing Director at Edwards Coaches said: “Operating a National Express service comes with a lot of responsibility and gravitas, which we welcome wholeheartedly. Therefore, awards such as these are extremely important to us as they recognise the hard work that our staff put in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. National Express is highly respected across the country and so it is a huge honour to be able to work with them.”

National Express Coach Awards photography 28th March 2019. .Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix