BOSSES from the Salisbury Reds bus company have presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Stars Appeal.

The money was raised at a vintage bus day held to mark the end of more than 70 years of bus operations at the Endless Street bus station.

More than 20 buses from vintage classics to a new Bus for London took passengers all over the city in return for donations to the charity.

Salisbury Red's managing director Andrew Wickham and operations manager Andrew Sherrington presented the cheque to Toddy Westropp, chairman of the Stars Appeal and hospital radiologist Dr Michael Hughes thanks to the donations made by families and bus enthusiasts who braved the wet and cold weather on January 5.

Salisbury Reds then doubled the money raised.

Ms Westropp said that the donation would help to make a significant difference to people being treated at the hospital. Mr Wickham, who joined the volunteer drivers and drove a 1962 London Routemaster throughout the day, said that they were delighted to support the appeal.

“We have been congratulated by many people in the city who enjoyed what we hope was a fitting and respectful end of an era at the bus station. We thank everyone who volunteered, supported and donated to make the day a fundraising success.”