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Bus Company to name Bus in Memory of Missy the Bus stop Cat

Portsmouth,Havant ,Hampshire Wednesday 3rd Feburary 2016 Tribute to Missy the cat as Leigh Park bus set to be named after her MISSY the Bus Stop Cat is to be remembered forever – after a bus company agreed to name a vehicle after her. The friendly 12-year-old pet was well-known across Leigh Park for waiting at the 39 bus stop in Dunsbury Way to greet commuters. But she had to be put down last week after suffering horrific injuries which are believed to have been the result of being hit by a car. More than £3,000 has been raised in her memory for local animal charities after bus drivers at Stagecoach set up a fundraising page for her. And now the company has gone a step further by agreeing to name one of its number 39 buses after her, and paint it with a picture of the ginger and white moggy. Bob Jackson, operations manager at Stagecoach, said: ‘Like many others, we were shocked and very saddened to hear what happened to Missy and our thoughts are with her owners. She was a friendly cat who was known to many of our bus drivers and customers as she was often found at the bus stop, and even attempted to board the bus on a few occasions Stagecoach operations manager Bob Jackson ‘She was a friendly cat who was known to many of our bus drivers and customers as she was often found at the bus stop, and even attempted to board the bus on a few occasions. ‘We felt that naming a route 39 bus after Missy would be fitting tribute, and an excellent suggestion by our driver Craig Cockram.’ Mr Cockram said: ‘We initially wanted to set up the fund to get a plaque for Missy in the shelter. ‘The total has gone way beyond our expectations and any money left over will be donated to a local charity, selected by Missy’s owners.’ There was an outpouring of grief following Missy’s sad death with schools in Leigh Park breaking the news to pupils in special assemblies. A shrine of flowers and cards has been created at the Dunsbury Road bus stop, opp (UK News In Pictures/UKNIP)

The death of a cat who was a familiar sight at a bus stop in Leigh Park will be remembered in an unusual but fitting way.
12-year-old Missy, known as the ‘Bus Stop Cat’ was a regular at the stop in Dunsbury Way where people catch the no 39 bus. Last week, she had to be put to sleep after what vets believe was the result of being struck by a vehicle.
Her passing provoked an outpouring of grief in the community and the bus stop became a shrine with flowers and tributes to the much loved moggy.
Stagecoach bus driver, Craig Cockram, who often saw Missy at the bus stop, was so upset by the news that he set up a fundraising page for a plaque in her name which has raised over £4000.
Now Stagecoach bosses have gone one step further and agreed to name a bus after her after Craig approached them with the suggestion.
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Craig, who has lived in Leigh Park all his life, said, “They were a bit unsure at first but once they had seen the many positive comments, they were more than happy to go ahead with it. I just thought it would be a nice gesture.”
When the incident first happened, the owners believed that the injuries were caused by an attack but it was later confirmed that being hit by a vehicle was the most probable cause.
In the meantime, donations are continuing to come in and Craig has been ‘gobsmacked’. He said, “We thought we would raise a few hundred quid. We put £500 as the target but didn’t think we would get that. We’ve had donations from all over the world, it’s crazy.
Now Craig is waiting to hear from Hampshire County Council about the erection of a plaque or similar memorial and said, “There will be money left over which will be going to animal charities which the owners of Missy will choose.”

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