Jon Hickman celebrating Trentbarton's poppy appeal support

A former soldier turned bus driver is delighted with his company’s decision to adorn their vehicles with poppies this year.

Trentbarton will support the Royal British Legion’s campaign by attaching big red poppies to the front of 185 of their buses in the run up to Remembrance Day.

The city based firm have also donated £800 to the Poppy Appeal, to the delight of employee Jonathon Hickman who has been with the company for six years.

“I think people need to support what the forces do and have done for all of us,” said Jon who served in the army from 1988 – 1993 in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Cyprus.

“Anything anyone gives is a significant amount, whether is £800, £8 or 8p, it is a big donation.”

Jon sports his proud poppies everyday as he has two tattoos. One accompanying the quote “Always Remember. Never Forget.” And the other with a shadow of a soldier over a gravestone.

The poppies will be displayed on 17 bus routes, 10 of which are Nottingham lines, such as rainbow one and skylink Nottingham.

“I wear a poppy everyday”

Jon Hickman, bus driver, Beeston

Trentbarton buses on the go

Trentbarton spokesman, Jordan Kemp, said: “The Poppy Appeal plays a key role helping people and organisations to remember the sacrifices made by the British Armed Forces.

“Many of our team members are ex-service personnel, so Trentbarton is pleased to show our support and remembrance.”

Brian Brown, local community support officer for the Royal British Legion, said they are asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by acknowledging sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present.

TrentBarton Bus on the way to Chilwell