Bus future looks brighter

PUBLISHED: 16:19 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

People gather around to watch Janette Yildirim bathe in baked beans to help save the Buffy Bus – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

People gather around to watch Janette Yildirim bathe in baked beans to help save the Buffy Bus - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

PROSPECTS for Buffy Bus are looking brighter after a successful day of fund-raising in Saffron Walden on Saturday. A team of children and staff involved with the play-bus spent the day in the town centre, raising awareness and gathering signatures for a p

PROSPECTS for Buffy Bus are looking brighter after a successful day of fund-raising in Saffron Walden on Saturday.

A team of children and staff involved with the play-bus spent the day in the town centre, raising awareness and gathering signatures for a petition to save the bus.

Concerned mother Janette Yildirm was sponsored to spend four hours sitting in a bath filled with 39 tins of baked beans.

Rosie Juhl, who manages the bus, said: "The day was very, very successful - on Saturday alone we raised £1000, maybe slightly more!

"We're really grateful to Janette - she provided a spectacle that encouraged people to come over and find out what we were doing.

"We were completely overwhelmed by the amount of people who signed the petition; it's really going to help the service survive.

"We can now definitely carry it on until half-term and we're holding lots of meetings with people coming forward with sponsorship ideas.

"It is possible we'll need to change the service to make it more commercially viable, to ensure its survival.

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