Hearty donation by friends in big bus pull

MISSED Trevor Hutton
MISSED Trevor Hutton
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MORE THAN £3,000 was raised in a bus pull in memory of a much loved bus driver.

Trevor Hutton died suddenly of a heart attack three years ago leaving his family and friends devastated.

The popular 56-year-old’s early death sent shock waves through the close-knit community of bus drivers at First Group where he worked and they decided to do something spectacular in his memory.

Together with his family, including wife Christine and son Lee, 34, they pulled a vintage bus along Southsea seafront in August and collected donations from drivers and passers-by for the British Heart Foundation as they went along. In the evening they did a raffle and together the events raised £3,212 for the cause. A cheque was presented to the charity at Mr Hutton’s local, The Rose in June, in Milton.

Mrs Hutton, from Paulsgrove, said: ‘We held the presentation on October 11 which was Trevor’s birthday and we had a visit from Hearty and Simon Pykett from British Heart Foundation.

‘I was really amazed by the amount we raised as I didn’t expect so much as the weather on the day of the bus pull was sunny but windy therefore not so many people were out.

‘I would like to thank all those who gave up their time and the big effort to pull the bus, shake the buckets and those who donated.’