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The Big Lemon bus donates record sum to activities charity

Founder of the Big Lemon, Tom Druitt, hands over a cheque to Adventure Unlimited. Photo: The Big Lemon

The Big Lemon has announced record donations as part of its ‘Give Something Back’ (GSB) scheme.

GSB scheme means that on the first Sunday of the month, The Big Lemon offer free rides on the number 42 service (between campus and the Old Steine) in return for a donation.

The donations received are split between a local charity or community group, and the staff fund. The local charity or community group can be voted for on Facebook.

Previous groups have included the Friends Centre Adult Education Centre and Lewes Road for Clean Air.
In February a record £362 was raised, transporting a total of 482 passengers.

The chosen charity was Adventure Unlimited, which funds activities for disadvantaged children and adults.
The next GSB will be on Sunday 6 March, and the two groups in the running are Bike for Life and The Bridge Community Education Centre.

Bike for Life is a training organisation offering bike maintenance and cycle safety courses in schools, businesses and communities. If they win, they will run a “bike library” whereby they will fix up old bikes and lend them to school pupils to get more young people cycling.

The Bridge Community Education Centre provides courses and education guidance to help people, their families and their communities reach their full potential.

It they win, they will use the money to redecorate their café, which is run by volunteers and does not make a profit.

You can vote for your choice of group by 2 March on www.facebook.com/thebiglemon.
Aside from helping the local community, The Big Lemon also has plans for their business.

Nic Parkes, their Media Officer, said: “The biggest thing for us in 2011 is to continue to improve the services that we run to serve our passengers better and to run our festival coaches service again”.

They also plan to run a competition to win two single coach tickets to the festival of your choice, provided their service runs there.

The Big Lemon recently won Best Sustainability Initiative Award at the Brighton & Hove Public Service Awards held at the Grand Hotel in November 2010.

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