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Nottingham City Transport has named this year’s annual Poppy Bus after fallen hero Sean Upton who died in Afghanistan.

The Bus which goes into service annually around Remembrance day, is in its fourth year. It is decorated with poppies, and has the names of 224 employees of Nottingham City Transport who died in World War One and Two.

The ‘Poppy Bus’ aims to remind the public to buy their poppies and to support service men and their families.

This year the city transport company hope that by naming the bus after Sean Upton they can bring to mind the soldiers of this generation that have been lost too.

Sean Upton was a Warrant Officer of the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery. He died in an explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan three years ago. Jack Upton, Sean’s dad was a driver for Nottingham City Transport for 36 years before retiring.

“We’ve got a lot of people that work at Nottingham City Transport that have fought for their country or have relatives who did so…for us it seemed natural to support one of the big charities involved”
Anthony Cavar-Smith, Marketing Manager, Nottingham City Transport

Audio: Nottingham City Transport’s Marketing Manager, Anthony Cavar-Smith talks about naming the bus after Sean Upton.

Two minutes silence was held in Nottingham’s Market Square today to pay respects to all soldiers, like Sean, who have lost their lives.

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Photo: Veterans gather on Market Square for a minutes silence to remember the soldiers that have been lost.

The Royal British Legion, raise money to support soldiers and their families who have been injured, affected by PSD or veterans who are struggling to get a job.

The charity consider themselves “the custodians of remembrance” and work with stores and companies in order to sell poppies to raise funds for the soldiers in need.

Audio: Peter Hopkins, County Vice President of the Royal British Legion talks about how helpful Nottingham City Transport’s Poppy Bus has been for the charity.

What do The Royal British Legion do?

  • More than 9 million people in the UK are eligible to call on us for help.
  • Our mission is to reach out to the 500,000 in the greatest need – the financially vulnerable, those who are socially or emotionally isolated, and those in poor health or living with a long-term illness.
  • We are there for them at life’s critical events – injury, bereavement, at times of financial hardship and when they need care in old age.
  • The Legion spent over £114 million on its work in 2010. We spend nearly £1.4 million a week delivering health and welfare support to Service people young and old, and their families.
  • Our Benefits and Money Advice service helped to write off £18.3 million in debt for beneficiaries struggling to copy financially during 2010 and to claim £9.1 million in additional income for those not receiving their full benefit entitlement.
  • We provided immediate assistance to 11,230 beneficiaries in a temporary crisis to the value of £6.1 million in 2010.More information can be found here: www.britishlegion.org.uk