Born to be a bus driver!

Four year-old Samantha on her VIP tour of First's depot.

Four year-old Samantha on her VIP tour of First's depot.

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Bus operator, First in Aberdeen, played host to a four year-old Brechin girl who has a passion for buses, as part of its support of Save the Children, the company’s national charity partner.

The national finals of the Save the Children inspired prime time TV series, Born to Shine, took place on Sunday past.

The charity encouraged the UK to get involved in the series with a campaign – ‘the five year old me was born to be’, which was designed to encourage children to realise their ambitions.

First backed the fundraising initiative by inviting four year-old Samantha Middleton, who was ‘Born to Be’ a bus driver, to its headquarters in Aberdeen.

Samantha was treated to a VIP tour of the depot including a close inspection of a few of First’s 200 strong bus fleet.

Samantha’s Mum, Paula Middleton, First in Aberdeen’s Marketing Manager, said: “Samantha simply loves buses!

“‘Bus’ was one of her first words; she dashes to the window whenever a bus passes; she loves travelling by bus; and of course wants to be a bus driver when she grows up.

“Samantha was certainly ‘born to be’ a bus driver.”

Samantha added: “I want to be a bus driver when I grow up.

“It was really exciting sitting in the driver’s seat of a big bus – the double decker is my favourite.”

David Stewart, managing director of First in Aberdeen, said: “It was a pleasure to have Samantha visit us today and live out her bus driving ambition as part of Save the Children’s campaign.

“Save the Children works tirelessly to ensure children in the UK and all over the world have the chance to fulfil their potential and it’s fantastic that, as a company, we’re able to help.”

FirstGroup recently announced that it has donated £150k worth of advertising space on its buses throughout the UK specifically supporting Save the Children’s ‘Born to Shine’ fund-raising efforts.

This follows a £260k donation of advertising space to the charity earlier in the year bringing the 2011 total to £410k.

Since partnering with Save the Children in 2007, FirstGroup has raised almost £4.5million in donations and in-kind support.