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Passengers travelling through Leicester station can look forward to a week of festive fun as East Midlands Trains unveils plans for a week long celebration of christmas with a choir, a band and free mince pies.
The festive activities start today (Monday 17 December) with the Soar Valley Music Centre band playing in the recently refurbished Porte Cochere. On Wednesday 19 December, the Leicester Diabetes Choir will be treating passengers to carols and on Thursday 20 December, the Leicester station team will be handing out free mince pies to passengers.
The week will end with a display from local charity, Leicester Wishes4Kids, a charity to support life limited children. Staff at the station are helping to raise money for the charity by collecting money to cover the station's Christmas tree in special stars, each star can be dedicated to a loved one in return for a donation. On Friday 21 December, repesentatives from the charity will be at the station and will be helping to hand out free mince pies on the concourse.
East Midlands Trains will also be supporting Leicester Wishes4Kids by providing complimentary tickets for eight terminally ill children and their carers to travel to London on 17 December to have tea with the Prime Minister. The children will be given goody bags filled with toys and sweets for their journey to London.
Karen Miller, Customer Service Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: "We're absolutely delighted to be able to help some of the children to enjoy a memorable christmas trip to London.
"We have a whole week long plan of festive activites planned for the station and we hope that while passengers enjoy the music and free mince pies, they will also think about sparing a few pennies to help this worthy local charity."
Leicester station has recently benefitted from a multi million pound improvement scheme. The improvements for passengers include an improved station entrance with a light and bright open-plan retail area, a refurbished ticket office, improved signage, a new information point, a refurbished concourse and overbridge, plus renewal of station platforms. In addition, there are also newly refurbished toilets, better seating, refurbished waiting rooms and improved customer information boards.