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Issue:- 7 November 2014

Holding Out for an Arriva Hero?

 Jason Johnson, Arriva bus driver.

IS it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's an Arriva bus driver swooping in to not only save the day, but to also hopefully secure your votes in Arriva's annual search for its most committed, heroic drivers who go above and beyond to you get you safely from A to B.  Arriva, which operates services across Southport, is giving its customers the chance to nominate one of their drivers for its nationwide Bus Superhero award. This accolade is designed to recognise drivers who make a difference to customers when they travel on Arriva buses, be it through their heroic efforts or just by adding a little extra sunshine to their passengers' day. Whether it is their friendly manner, flawless driving or the fact they go above and beyond the call of duty, Arriva wants the people who know best, its customers, to nominate drivers that deserve to t have their dutiful deeds acknowledged.  Debra Heaton, marketing and communications manager from Arriva North West said:- "At Arriva we are incredibly proud to have some of the most helpful, caring and committed individuals amongst our dedicated team of drivers, and this is our way of saying 'thank you' to those who consistently go that extra mile to ensure our customers are able to enjoy their journeys in safety and style.  We want to celebrate our home-grown Arriva Bus Superheroes, but in order for us to do so, we need your nominations as to who puts the razzmatazz into your route, or the delight in your daily drive."   The 'Bus Superhero – Driver of the Year' title forms part of Arriva's annual 'Made A Difference' (M.A.D) Awards campaign, a national recognition programme which looks at all elements of the bus company, including; engineering, depot management and back office functions. The top regional drivers voted for by customers, will be celebrated during a glittering ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Stratford Upon Avon on 26 March 2015, where the overall national Bus Hero will be announced.  To vote for your Bus Hero please email with details of the driver, the route, and reasons for your nomination, or alternatively visit the website. Text or phone votes can be made on:- 07931 378 566.

Chairman bids farewell after 8 years at Trust

SIR Ron Watson CBE has retired as Chairman after 8 years at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.   Sir Ron chaired his final Board meeting was on  Wednesday, 29 October and welcomed the new Chair, Sue Musson, took up the position on 1 November 2014.   During his time with the Trust, Sir Ron has seen many changes including the creation of the Integrated Care Organisation in 2009, which saw the Trust take responsibility for community health services.  Sir Ron, said:- "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Trust and I've always been impressed with the commitment, skill and hard work all the staff put in to make the Trust a success and deliver the best care possible for our patients.  The Trust will face challenges over the coming years, as will the entire NHS, but I have confidence in the team to ensure the local community continues to receive the best service possible under changing circumstances.  I will certainly miss my contact with everyone, but will continue to give my absolute support as the Trust moves forward on its journey to foundation trust and beyond."

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