Bus driver’s ‘burger run’ for charity funds

Translink Banbridge Bus Driver, Stephen Avery (right) presents the Oesophageal Patients Association Northern Ireland (OPANI) with �2,418 from holding a local motorbike ride. Stephen raised �1,418 and applied for Translink's Community Partnership Scheme which matches funds an employee has raised up to a maximum of �1,000 for their chosen charity or community group within Northern Ireland.
Translink Banbridge Bus Driver, Stephen Avery (right) presents the Oesophageal Patients Association Northern Ireland (OPANI) with �2,418 from holding a local motorbike ride. Stephen raised �1,418 and applied for Translink's Community Partnership Scheme which matches funds an employee has raised up to a maximum of �1,000 for their chosen charity or community group within Northern Ireland.

A Banbridge bus driver has presented the Oesophageal Patients Association Northern Ireland with a cheque for £2,418 after organising a ‘Burger Run’ in conjunction with Translink’s Community Partnership Scheme.

Stephen Avery, a Translink employee, held the local motorbike ride which he called The Burger Run, knowing the Translink charity scheme would match funds raised.

Gary Mawhinney, Translink service delivery manager, said: “The Translink Community Partnership Scheme is a great way of encouraging staff to help make a difference in their local community. Well done to Stephen and his team for a successful event, a great achievement that we have been delighted to support.”

Stephen has raised money for a number of local charities in Banbridge over the past twenty years including The VIP Club Banbridge for the visually impaired, Mindwise Banbridge for mental health suffers and Crohn’s Disease.

This year Stephen decided to raise money for OPANI and the ‘Burger Run’ was dedicated to a close friend.

Stephen said: “The ‘Burger Run’ involved a local motorbike ride, a quiz, raffle and burgers with friends and families when we returned. We managed to raise £1,481 on the day and received the match funding from Translink.

“I want to give a special thanks to Michael Hylands, Nigel Morton and my wife who made the ‘Burger Run’ possible. A number of local businesses were very generous with their donations. It was great to see the local community coming together for a great cause.”

Translink’s Community Partnership Scheme allows employees to apply for financial help for charities.