Fundraising in memory of popular Leeds bus driver

Lynne Howard will leada collection on Monday March 2 on the route 49 and 72 buses in memory of her late husband and First bus driver Manni Howard.
Lynne Howard will leada collection on Monday March 2 on the route 49 and 72 buses in memory of her late husband and First bus driver Manni Howard.
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Friends and colleagues at First bus group are organising a day-long collection in memory of popular bus driver Manni Howard.

Manni, a Leeds bus driver for nearly 20 years, died in July from an illness caused by liver cancer which was originally diagnosed in 2011.

Last month, his old bosses at First paid tribute to his work by naming a double-decker after him on the 49 route - between Bramley and Monkswood Gate, where he was a regular driver. Now they have organised to host a collection on that route and on route 72 buses throughout Monday March 2 in aid of Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, which cared for Manni.

Widow Lynne Howard will lead the collection on the day and said: “It’s an amazing privilege to help raise money. Wheatfields Hospice deserves every penny for making Manni’s last days so special.”

Bob Dorr, business manager for First in Leeds, said: “Manni was very well liked by his colleagues and customers who I’m sure will be delighted to join us in supporting this fundraising effort for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.”

Charlotte Stern, senior fundraiser at Wheatfields Hospice said: “This is the first time I have been part of a collection on a bus. We will be travelling Manni’s regular route and I can’t wait to hear more stories about his unique driving style. Everyone I have met speaks about him with such warmth and affection and it is great that we can honour his memory.”

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