Well done to Michele Mason, Support in Mind Scotland's Edinburgh Area Manager, and David – one of the people we support at the Stafford Centre – who both proved to be absolute stars in front of the cameras in Lothian Buses’ Virtual Doors Open Day 2020.

Our partners Lothian chose us as their Charity of Choice for 2020 and 2021 and ordinarily we would have had the chance to share in one of their biggest events in the calendar – the Doors Open Day, where the public come in their thousands to have a look round their Annandale Street Depot and learn more about their work and how their fleet of buses has evolved over the years.

However, the event unfortunately had to be scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and as an alternative Lothian very kindly decided to show their support for the charity by including us in a virtual version of the Doors Open Day at the weekend.

Gaynor Marshall, Communications Director for Lothian, said: “As sad as we are that our popular Doors Open Day event is unable to take place this year, we’re delighted to offer our customers and visitors the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Lothian through our digital platforms.

“Despite the ongoing challenges we continue to face as a business we hope that everyone who joins us has fun exploring Central Garage virtually.”

Michele and David, at a safe distance, learned how the business works and how it serves Edinburgh and the Lothians. We are grateful to Lothian for inviting us along and we would like to extend our appreciation for the work all of the drivers, staff and other key workers associated with Lothian Buses have done and continue to do throughout the pandemic.

A series of short videos were shown throughout the day and you can catch-up on them all here...