Joe Hemani, who is Chairman of tech firm Westcoast PLC and also the Vice President of Chelsea Football Club, is to help students from Bangor University travel to the People’s Vote “Together For The Final Say” march this Saturday 19 October.
More than 170 coaches have already been booked by campaigners from across the UK to travel to London.
The students’ union at Bangor University had also been hoping to organise a coach to get people to the march but was struggling to pay the cost – more than £1,000.
Now businessman Joe Hemani has come to the rescue, by stumping up £5,000 to help cover the cost of organising a coach from Bangor University and other locations.
Saturday promises to be one of the largest protests Britain has ever seen, with people coming together to tell Boris Johnson that he cannot inflict a hard and destructive Brexit on the UK, without seeking the people’s democratic consent in a final say referendum.
News that Parliament may be sitting for an emergency session on the same day as the Together for the Final Say March makes this protest even more important, because it will be an occasion when everyone – not just politicians – can make their voice heard.
It is the second time Mr Hemani has funded coach travel to a People’s Vote march. He also helped pay for coaches from across the UK back in March, when a million people demonstrated in central London.
He is among a number of well-known names from the business, entertainment and sporting worlds who are helping to get campaigners to the demonstration in central London.
Other well-known coach sponsors include; Delia Smith, TV Cook and Director of Norwich City Football Club (Norwich and East Anglia), Actor Natascha McElhone (Brighton), Peter Coates, chairman of Stoke City FC (Stoke and Staffordshire) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Yorkshire) and writer and director Armando Iannucci (Oxford).
Harry Riley, Vice President Education at Bangor Students’ Union, said: “Many of our current students did not get the chance to vote in the 2016 referendum which is why it’s so important that as many students and young people from across the country are able to take part in Saturday’s march.
“Students’ Unions across the country are bringing people to the march. But providing coach travel is It expensive – costing hundreds, or thousands of pounds. We are really grateful to Joe Hemani for generously agreeing to sponsor our coach from Bangor, and others, to get people to London.
“So much has changed since 2016 and now known about what Brexit means in reality. Whatever is eventually agreed on Brexit, the people must have the final say in a referendum.
Joe Hemani, Chairman of Westcoast PLC and also the Vice President of Chelsea Football Club, said: “I’m delighted to once again be able to support the People’s Vote Campaign by helping to get students from Bangor to the “Together For The Final Say march this Saturday 19th October.
“Boris Johnson needs to hear loud and clear that he must seek the British people’s consent before he inflicts his damaging Brexit on our country. Brexit is hitting jobs, businesses, our NHS and communities across the UK.
“Faced with the reality of Boris Johnson’s destructive Brexit, more voters than ever before now say that the only way to solve this mess is to put the question back to the people.
“Whatever you think about Brexit, the only clear way out of this political mess is to give the people the final say.”
As well as Bangor, coaches have been booked from Inverness in north Scotland (554 miles) and Penzance in Cornwall (285 miles). Dozens of coaches will be travelling from areas that voted to leave in 2016, including, Lincolnshire, Derby, Darlington and the Welsh Valleys.
To coincide with the march, the People’s Vote campaign has launched a new social media campaign, giving people the chance to change their social media profile pictures to an animated graphic saying, “I Am Will’ and ‘I Am Marching.’