Lothian Buses have announced the winner of a public vote to name its Macmillan Cancer Support bus.
‘Hamish’ will be making his debut in time for World Cancer Day today (Sunday 4th February).
The bus was originally unveiled in September to mark the start of Lothian’s charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, but in January followers of the bus operator’s social media pages were invited to give the vehicle a name.
Hundreds of suggestions were narrowed down to four – Hamish, Hope, Millie Mac and the Tartan Traveller – with Hamish coming out on top.
The bus, which is fully wrapped in Macmillan’s special Kinloch Anderson tartan, operates on various routes around the city and features key information and statistics to help raise awareness around Edinburgh.
Gaynor Marshall, Communications Director of Lothian, said: We are passionate about working in partnership with Macmillan to raise awareness of cancer and those affected by it.
“Our customers have been very supportive of the initiative since Macmillan was announced as Lothian’s first Charity of Choice, so it made perfect sense to ask for their help in choosing a name for the special Macmillan tartan bus.
“We are delighted to crown Hamish and are sure ‘his’ popularity will continue to grow!”
Laura Foreman, Regional Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Edinburgh, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the support received from the public in naming the Macmillan Cancer Support Bus – Hamish.
“The bus is such an incredible awareness raiser for our services in and around Edinburgh and we hope this will help us reach more people living with cancer.”
Look out for his name under the windscreen!