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Edwards Coach Driver gives up his time for Home Leone

Andy Lloyd, a National Express driver with Edwards Coaches, has recently returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa where he spent a month volunteering with UK charity Home Leone. Andy is the regular National Express driver of the 508 service from the coastal communities of West Wales towards London.

The aim of Home Leone is to relocate the poorest and most vulnerable people from horrific slums in the capital Freetown to newly built communities outside the city. The first such community, named Destiny Village, will home 2,000 people on its 22 acre site at Newton, providing six foundational elements to ensure sustainability – low cost homes, employment and skills, education, healthcare, water and waste management, and power.

Andy was involved in providing assistance to local teams of construction workers – brick makers, bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, decorators and labourers. He said; ‘This was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience set in a beautiful tropical landscape but in a country that suffers from much deprivation. I am really grateful to my employer Edwards for allowing me the time off work to participate and make a small difference.’

Edwards Coaches said: ‘We are so proud of Andy for all of his selfless hard work and effort. Andy and his co workers have made a real difference to people’s lives in a relatively short space of time and they all deserve the utmost credit.’

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Edwards Coaches nominated for Six ‘Best in UK’ Industry Awards

Edwards Coaches are delighted to announce that they have been nominated for no less than 6 ‘Best in UK’ Routeone Awards. Nominations are received only from those in the industry, so it is huge recognition to all at the Company that fellow Industry professionals have put them forward for so many awards.

Edwards have been nominated in the following categories:

Operator Training Award
Best Use of Technology
Environment Award
Excellence in Minibus Operation
Coach Operator of the Year
Bus Operator of the Year

The Managing Director of Edwards said: ‘We are delighted that we have been nominated for no less than 6 ‘Best in UK’ Routeone Awards. It is a fitting testament to the effort and hard work that everyone puts in here at Edwards and we couldn’t be more proud of our team.’

The announcement of the winners will take place at a Gala Presentation Evening, Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 31 October.