Cardiff Bus helped banish the January blues of a Cardiff Devils fan by surprising her with a special visit from two of the team’s players.
Max Birbraer and Brad Plumton hand delivered tickets to Cardiff Bus customer Natalie Harvey, 24, from Llanishen, as part of a day of gestures by the bus operator designed to cheer up its customers.
This was one of several acts by Cardiff Bus on Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year.
The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title by scientists due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, debt, cold dark nights and failed New Year’s resolutions.
Natalie, who has been a fan of the Devils since she was six years of age, said: “What a surprise! I was told to turn up at Cardiff Bus’ customer service centre but had no idea what was going to happen. It certainly cheered up my Monday, particularly as I got to meet my favourite player, Max.”
A ‘cheer up crew’ was out and about across its network giving out bunches of flowers from Betty’s Florists, chocolate brownies from the Chocolate Brownie Company, pies and pasties from Peter’s Foods and shopping vouchers from St David’s shopping centre. Stand-up comedian Dan Mitchell was also on hand to put a smile on commuters’ faces.
Gareth Stevens, business development manager at Cardiff Bus, said “Our customers are very important to us and we wanted to spread a little cheer and lift their spirits on what is dubbed the most depressing day of the year.
“It was great to surprise Natalie with a visit from the Cardiff Devils. We hope it cheered up her Monday.
“Thanks to all our partners who have helped us cheer up our customers.”
Cardiff Bus is a major provider of bus services with its network covering Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and to/from Newport. Every year its fleet of 230 buses carry more than 28 million customers a year.