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I was born in 1950 on Tyneside a so called baby boomer.I attended Stanley Grammar School 1962 to 1967.This is where my affection for all forms of transport started when I met Sid Parker who was already a bus enthusiast. I travelled 8 miles each day to school on a scholars bus provided by Northern General from the Stanley Depot. I then travelled for about 5 years to Newcastle when I became indentured to a Chartered Accountant in Jesmond. This did not work out successful and I obtained employment with Gosforth UDC then Newburn UDC finally City of Newcastle. Whilst I learned to drive in 1967 I waited until 1972 before I owned a car which was a Ford Cortina Mark 1 RCN 253.In 1973 I became aware of OK Motor Services of Bishop Auckland and passed my PSV with them on a winters day in January 1974. This was on a Leyland PD3 572 FTF with a view to working part time later in that year.This happened in April when on a Saturday afternoon I was inducted and drove on the Evenwood route with a conductor for the next few months of the summer. Work dried up in the winter but in 1975 I was instructed to go one man and then I was allowed to do all routes including that to Newcastle which became my favourite until a change of full time employment in 1979 to Mercantile Credit Company. I was able to continue working for OK except for 9 months when I helped Fultons of Langley Park until 1980 when I returned to OK. However in 1983Ii had to stop driving buses because I was transferred to Teesside and I was driving a staff car thousands of miles.. I was still visiting as many places of interest including Wales and Scotland in 1975 followed by East Anglia London and South East England in 1976. I went to Paris in 1973 on A Northern weekend tour and this was the first of many overseas trips until COVID stopped this last Year. Meanwhile I was made redundant by MCC in 1992 and after several temporary jobs I obtained full time driving post with OK at Team Valley in 1993. This was basic driving of old buses on town work which I did not like so in 1995 I managed to do coaching at the depot which was much more enjoyable and thus when OK was bought out by Go Northern in 1995 I was settled for the first time in ages.However the coaching was closed down in 1996 so I applied to transfer back to Bishop Auckland where I continued on coaching from October to April 1997 when the remaining coach work was sold to Classic Coaches of Annfield Plain.I returned to bus driving and apart from 9 months at Orange in Darlington and a period with TYCO at Team Valley until April 1999 I have been with Go North East ever since. I became a Leading Driver in 2001 and when Bishop Auckland closed in April 2006 I became a Radio Controller/Supervisor at Chester le Street until 2014 when all radios transferred to Riverside at Gateshead. I was 65 in October 2015 so in January 2016 I retired back to bus driving at Chester le Street albeit only 30 hours a week until 2019 when I went down to 20 hours weekly at Crook until I finally retired in September 2019. I am now happily relaxing and sorting out all my transport related stuff etc.
We believe in a world where every child can read. Our mission is to invest in early childhood education in order to empower the next generation. We do that, by creating educational programs and providing necessary resources in underprivileged areas. We believe in smart fund allocation, and therefore we employ minimal staff.
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The generosity of this organization makes it possible for me to continue having education opportunities in this difficult area.Jane Doe
Wonderful job with those kids that need us and people from various places all over the world. I will definitely join your group as a volunteer.John Doe
We have developed a teacher training curriculum and were able to host training sessions for teachers and educational personnel about new techniques of teaching how to read. We believe this will empower teachers in classrooms to teach more effectively.
The focus of our last quarter has been working with local groups to improve bus networks. We believe that it is vital to provide transportation options for children living in rural areas. Thanks to our donors we were able to fund 50 buses and 200 cars that transport children to schools all around the globe.
This summer, because of the effort of our volunteers and the generous donations from our sponsors, we were able to deliver 10,000 pencils to children in need. We were able to reach the most unprivileged areas and provide local schools with this vital tool for education.
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