Hundreds raised in bus pull for heart group

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MORE than £1,000 was raised for a heart charity through a bus pull and raffle.

A team of 15 people pulled a vintage bus from Clarence Pier to the Eastney Swimming Baths and back again, as previously reported in The News.

The unusual fundraiser was held in memory of former bus driver Trevor Hutton, who died after a heart attack aged 56 in 2009.

Since then his widow Christine, 57, of Fitzpatrick Court, Paulsgrove, has organised the annual fundraiser with other staff members from travel company First.

During the bus pull, people were walking alongside it with buckets for the British Heart Foundation, which raised £672.

A barbecue and raffle was held at the Rose in June pub, in Milton Road, after the event and that added a further £370 to the total.

Christine said: ‘We want to thank everyone once again for supporting us.

‘We’re still waiting for our sponsorship money to come through and should raise more than last year.’