Charity bus gets Bentley treatment

St Luke's Hospice has been handed a former Routemaster bus renovated by Bentley Motors to use during its fundraising and public awareness activities.

Bentley, which has supported the charity for the past three years, agreed to give the bus a makeover after St Luke's, based in Cheshire, acquired it earlier this year.

Some 59 workers got involved to give the bus a touch of class, while also making it fit the charity's needs. They fitted bespoke work surfaces, rails, a kitchen unit and shelves, and furnished the interior throughout with the famous Bentley leather.

A special feature is the "used ticket" bin, which has been transformed into a donation tin at the back of the bus. In total, the work took 2,000 hours to complete.

The Bentley production manager in charge of the project, Gary Lazenby, said: "This has been a real labour of love for all those involved. Bentley staff are incredibly proud of the cars we produce but applying those skills to a bus was a totally new experience for all."

The bus, named Luke, will be used as a travelling shop for colleges and universities as well as an education and awareness base for school visits and other events.

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