Thanks to the generosity of their colleagues, family and friends, a group of drivers from Lothian Buses have donated £2,200 to Pets As Therapy in memory of their fellow driver Joanna Toni, who sadly passed away last year.

Celebrating Joanna’s love of football, the group set off on a round trip of the 12 main football grounds in the Scottish Premiership in just over 24 hours. Starting their journey at Hibernian’s Easter Road and finishing at Tynecastle, the drivers were presented with complimentary tickets, memorabilia and signed gifts at each stop. These items were then auctioned off at a charity night in Joanna’s honour. 

Wes Murdiff, Bus Driver at Lothian’s Central garage and organiser of the event said: “Jo was a great colleague and friend to many across our garages. Her passing left a massive hole in everyone’s lives. Her two great loves in life were pets and football, and we were pleased to raise over £2,200 for Pets As Therapy in her memory. We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our colleagues and the warmth of each club who welcomed us into their ground with opens arms.”

Yvonne Gosling, Volunteer Area Co-ordinator and Assessor, Pets As Therapy added: “We were all extremely pleased and honoured to come along to accept this cheque on behalf of the charity and to meet Jo’s family and colleagues.”

Further money was also raised by the group through a charity football match and JustGiving pages:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jotoni 

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charityfootballjotoni

Heartfelt thanks go to everyone at Lothian Buses. We are honoured to receive this donation in Joanna’s memory.