Bus to be named after founder of local charity

A bus will be named after charity founder Lynn Duffy for her hard work and contribution to the community of St.Helens.

In July, Arriva launched a regional search to find local heroes in St.Helens to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town. Entrants were asked to nominate their local hero for their exceptional contribution to the community, so when Greg Duffy saw the call out he couldn’t resist nominating his mum.

Greg commented: “I know most people call their mum their hero, but mine is extra special. Not only does she help look after her family and six grandchildren, but she’s also dedicated her life over the last 14 years to help make the lives of so many people in desperate need of a break, that little bit better. I really couldn’t think of a more deserving person to have won the award.”

Founder of the Honey Rose Foundation, Lynn Duffy set up the charity in 2004 after she lost three close friends to cancer. The charity, which originally started from humble beginnings in Lynn’s bedroom, helps raise money to grant wishes for terminally ill people in St.Helens.

After years of hard work, Lynn now has a team of 19 people, as well as a shop on Cotham street, where she and her team work tirelessly to raise money all year round to grant as many wishes as possible. Over the last fourteen years the Honey Rose Foundation has granted 9,000 wishes helping people enjoy anything from trips to London, tickets to the theatre, and even arranging weddings.

As a way of showing thanks for her hard work, Arriva will be naming a bus after Lynn in an official ceremony alongside her friends and family, where she will also be awarded with a free annual bus pass and £250 of Love to Shop vouchers.

Lynn commented: “When I received the call to say that I had won the competition I was in complete shock, Greg hadn’t told me that he’d put me forwards so I was completely lost for words.

I honestly feel so honoured to have won, it’s great to see that all of our hard work has been recognised and I think that this is a true reflection of every ounce of energy that the Honey Rose Foundation team puts into raising money all year round. I couldn’t do it without them all, and I’m grateful for them believing in me and making the charity what it is today.”

The competition was launched in celebration of the 150th anniversary of St.Helens, in a bid by Arriva to show their appreciation of such an historic town.

Lisa Pearson, Head of Marketing commented: “After so many heartwarming entries, the team at Arriva were touched to hear about how many lives than Lynn has had an impact on over the last fourteen years. We feel honoured to be naming one of our buses after her, as it’s so amazing to see what the work of just one kind mind can achieve.”

Lynn added: “All my life I have cared about people, I have raised funds for many charities but the HoneyRose Foundation has helped make me realise what’s important and it’s life, people and memories.”

To make a donation to the Honey Rose Foundation please visit www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk/contact/



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