Carol bus returns to bring festive cheer to residents across Filton

Published on: 12 Jan 2016

Christmas was brightened up for the whole Filton community by the return of the much loved Carol Bus.

Organisers revived the bus, which was a familiar feature in Bristol for many years, and toured across the whole of the town on a Sunday evening before Christmas.

Organisers Rachel and Steve Ashton, along with Liz Wakeman and Angela Athay-Hunt, persuaded the team behind the Collywobbles Fun Bus to take part.

The end result was delight for residents and more than £1,000 raised for good causes, with an army of around 80 volunteers involved.

A sum of £670 went to MacMillan Cancer while the Filton Community Garden received £370.

Members of the community garden committee gathered with carol bus volunteers to receive their cheque at St Andrew’s Church.

Rachel said: “I would like to thank everyone who helped, donated and joined us tonight on what was a fantastic Carol Bus comeback. It has been a dream of our crew for a long while and we are blown away by the support and generosity of the people of Filton (and other areas!)

“We hope to make this an annual event so look out for information sometime next year.”

Steve said: “We met a lot of residents, including some who were housebound so it brought a lot of festive cheer to them.”

On social media, residents were full of praise for the carol bus effort:

Penny Holley:
Amazing what can be done with positivity in such a short time and initiative. Well done again.

Dawn Higgins-Brown:
Well done what a fantastic amount.

Jan Ashton:
That is absolutely brilliant - all your effort has been rewarded in a big way.

Helen Mulligan:
That’s fantastic, well done to all the volunteers and everyone who donated.

Carol Bus

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