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Xelabus rallies the stars to sign their bus!

With Southampton General Hospital building a new emergency and trauma Department it will provide care for youngsters from nine counties. The £4.9 million project received the backing from ex chancellor George Osborne with a Say Yes campaign where it was promised to match fund the campaign to the tune of £2 million. Now Southampton Hospital Charity and Eastleigh bus company Xelabus have launched an "autograph bus" to raise awareness of the campaign.

Starting the signatures were A list actors Sarah Parish and James Murray whose daughter was born with a congenital heart defect and treated at Southampton Hospital before sadly passing away in 2009.

James said "We think this is a fantastic way to not only get the key message about the appeal out into the community but also to encourage influential figures to get involved and show their support by leaving their mark on this special bus"

Gareth Blair, Managing Director of Xelabus said "We previously supported their Piam Brown children's cancer ward refurbishment appeal. The prospect of a new Children's Emergency and Trauma Department is incredibly exciting for not only Southampton but all of central southern England and a cause we whole heartedly support"

The "autograph bus" can be seen on all Xelabus routes and cover an area from the New Forest in the west to Eastern Hampshire in the east and Winchester In the north but predominantly run around the city of Southampton.