It was an extremely challenging decision for our judging panel, with so many great entries in this year's competition. Our judges were really impressed with the fantastic work so many great charities and good causes are undertaking throughout Oxfordshire - and we're glad to provide this competition as a place where these can be showcased and rewarded. Our judges selected Girlguiding Oxfordshire as the 2019 winner, because they felt that their entry was very well designed and highlighted several ways in which their vision and values agreed with the Oxford Bus Company's own - for example, striving for inclusivity, promoting diversity and working to make a positive difference in our communities. We're working with Girlguiding Oxfordshire on the design of their bus and will bring you an update when it's proudly driving along the streets of Oxford. Many congratulations to our worthy winners!
Several of the other shortlisted entries were highly commended, and although they didn't win their own bus, we've offered those charities some support (for example, some free advertising on our digital bus screens, seen by thousands of passengers every week).
The competition attracted 37 entries, almost 6,000 votes from members of the public, and a lot of positive feedback from people telling us the competition is a good idea. So much so, we've decided to make "Brand the Bus!" an annual competition! So if you missed out this time, your chance may still come. If you're a charity or good cause and would like to see your brand all over an Oxford Bus Company bus next year, get your thinking cap on, check this website and social media for updates, and prepare your entry. The next "Brand the Bus!" winner could be you!
Girlguiding Oxfordshire. www.oxfordshiregirlguiding.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Rosalind Letellier.
The competition attracted almost 6,000 votes from members of the public. Below are the entries that made it through to the shortlist.
SeeSaw - Grief support for children and young people in Oxfordshire. www.seesaw.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Lucy Wise.
OASIS Oxfordshire Autistic Society for Information and Support
OASIS Oxfordshire Autistic Society for Information and Support. oasisonline.org.uk This entry was submitted by Maxine Seddon.
Sobell House are dedicated to providing specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their family, friends and carers. www.sobellhouse.org. This entry was submitted by Bert Corbyn-Smith.
Helen & Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House help terminally ill babies, children, and young people to live their short lives to the full. www.helenanddouglas.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Hannah Ford.
Blue Skye Thinking
Blue Skye Thinking Children's Brain Tumour Charity - Brain Tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children, yet research is chronically underfunded. www.blueskyethinking.org This entry was submitted by Sally Hall.
Cyclox - The Voice of Cycling in Oxford
Cyclox is the voice of cycling in Oxford. They lead on encouraging people to cycle, promoting responsible cycling, celebrating active travel, and campaign & lobby Oxfordshire County Council (and Oxford City Council) for greater provision for safe cycling infrastructure. http://www.cyclox.org/ This entry was submitted by Jake Backus.
Maggie's Oxford offers free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Their purpose-built centre in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital in Headington is a warm and welcoming place where anyone affected by cancer can access friendly and professional support on a drop-in basis, completely free of charge. http://www.maggiescentres.org/oxford This entry was submitted by Pip Dingle
Shine Cancer Support
Shine Cancer Support is the only charity in the UK that exclusively supports adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s diagnosed with any type of cancer. www.shinecancersupport.org This entry was submitted by Fran Woodcock.
Crohn's & Colitis UK
Crohn's & Colitis UK are the UK's leading charity in the battle against Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. They work to make life better for the 300,000 people in the UK with Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of IBD. https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/ This entry was submitted by Ziyad Al-Dibouni
Other great entries from this year's competition that didn't make the shortlist...
Thanks again to everyone who entried this year's competition - the voting was very close and several of the entries below very nearly made the shortlist. Hope you'll enter again next year, rally all your supporters and get through next time. Every vote really does count!
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) is your local wildlife conservation charity. www.bbowt.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Richard Woods.
Refill Oxford has set up a network of 130+ Refill stations in pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants all over the city where you can fill up your water bottle for free, rather than buying a new one. We want to get everyone refilling to reduce plastic waste and create a cleaner, greener Oxford. https://www.refilloxford.org This entry was submitted by Georgina Matthews
OXSRAD (Oxford & District Sports and Recreation Association for the Disabled) www.oxsrad.org. This entry was submitted by Sarah Buy.
Stillbirth & neonatal death charity (Sands). www.sands.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Jenny Wong.
Footsteps Foundation. www.footstepscentre.com. This entry was submitted by Maggie Davies.
Friends of OSCAR (Oxford)
Friends of OSCAR (Oxford) Offering Support to Children and Relatives. http://www.friendsofoscar.org.uk This entry was submitted by Christopher Harrison.
Oxford Hub, the centre for social action in Oxford, running projects across the community to help shape a better city. www.weareoxfordhub.org This entry was submitted by Sara Fernandez.
The Gatehouse exists to provide a calm, safe refuge for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. www.oxfordgatehouse.org. This entry was submitted by David Kay.
World Cancer Research Fund UK
World Cancer Research Fund UK, funding global research into the links between diet, weight, physical activity and cancer. www.wcrf-uk.org. This entry was submitted by Inga Prokopenko.
Earthwatch create knowledge and inspire action through hands-on projects and activities which tackle the effects of climate change, the declining health of our rivers and oceans and the loss of wildlife and habitats. https://earthwatch.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Neil Bailey.
Age UK Oxfordshire
Age UK Oxfordshire helps local older people maintain their independence and stay connected to their community. www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire. This entry was submitted by Sophie Dyer.
Headington Action is a voluntary organisation with charitable status whose sole aim is to benefit the community of Headington. www.headingtonaction.org. This entry was submitted by John Nealon.
Guideposts Trust focus on making a real and lasting difference to the lives of those affected by the challenges of caring, aging, learning disabilities and mental health. www.guideposts.org.uk This entry was submitted by Alice Shorter.
Yellow Submarine Holidays
Yellow Submarine is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full. http://www.yellowsubmarine.org.uk/ The entry was submitted by Alice Knibbs.
In just 5 years alone, rough sleeping in Oxford has increased by 175%. But what are we doing to tackle this crisis? For over 30 years Homeless Oxfordshire have been supporting homeless people. http://www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/ The entry was submitted by Charlotte Matthews
Pancreatic Cancer Action
Pancreatic Cancer Action is working towards the day when people survive pancreatic cancer and patients have the best treatment available. https://pancreaticcanceraction.org/ The entry was submitted by Kelley Spacey
Target Ovarian Cancer
Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity. They work to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research, and provide much needed support to women with ovarian cancer. https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/ This entry was submitted by Emmyleigh Buchan
Save the Children
Save the Children are a worldwide movement supporting children in 120 countries including programmes in the UK. They do whatever is takes to make sure children survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn. www.savethechildren.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Amanda Nicholls.
ARCh - Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire
ARCh currently has over 250 volunteers sharing a love of reading with Children in primary schools throughout Oxfordshire helping to improve reading confidence, attitude to reading and confidence/self-esteem. http://www.archoxfordshire.org.uk This entry was submitted by Elaine Adams
Crisis Skylight Oxford
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. In Oxford they provide a training, education and support centre which helps people leave homelessness behind for good. http://www.crisis.org.uk This entry was submitted by Sara Hunt
Teenage Cancer Trust
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity providing young people with cancer specialised nursing care and support. www.teenagecancertrust.org This entry was submitted by Pippa MacBain.
Maymessy is an empowering cookery school offering kids and young adults needing support the chance to follow their fruit and veg from plot via pan to plate. www.maymessy.com This entry was submitted by Anna Richards.
Alzheimers Research UK
Alzheimers Research UK fund a broad range of research projects to understand dementia and drive towards better diagnosis, preventions and treatments. www.alzheimersresearchuk.org This entry was submitted by Lindsay Gray.
Emmaus offer a home, not just a bed for the night. Since opening in 2009, Emmaus has provided an average of 9000 nights of accommodation each year for homeless people and prevented approximately 250 tons each year from going into landfill. www.emmaus.org.uk/oxford This entry was submitted by Hannah Hutchings.
Arts at the Old Fire Station
Arts at the Old Fire Station is a public arts centre. They include, in everything they do, people who have experienced homelessness. https://oldfirestation.org.uk This entry was submitted by Justine Malone.
Kerala relief fund
Stand with Kerala: Kerala relief fund. https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in This entry was submitted by Mohammed Irshad.
Unicef (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) "For every child in danger". www.unicef.org.uk. This entry was submitted by Masen Tag.
Modern Art Oxford
Modern Art Oxford hold free art exhibitions alongside offering a wide variety of free and low cost creative learning opportunities for local children, families, adults and community groups. www.modernartoxford.org.uk This entry was submitted by Andree Latham.