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· Over 3,000 visitors to the Etches Park Open Day on 13 September
· Record-breaking amount raised for charity
· Part of celebrations to mark 175 successful years of Derby’s railways
A train maintenance depot open day held by East Midlands Trains to mark the 175th anniversary of Derby’s railways has raised a massive £20,000 for the Railway Children’s charity.
Over 3,000 guests visited the depot on Saturday 13 September for the community open day, where they had an opportunity to see a display of 20 different trains and six model railway exhibitions. Visitors were also able to buy commemorative brochures and souvenirs.
The open day was part of a range of events taking place throughout the year to mark the 175th anniversary of Derby’s railways. It was the first time that Etches Park Depot had ever opened its doors to the public and visitors turned out in droves to support the day.
Mark Coney, Head of Fleet Delivery for East Midlands Trains, said: “The day was a resounding success and we were really pleased with the huge number of people who came along, it’s great to see such a level of interest and enthusiasm in our railway.
“We’ve had some great feedback from the day and we were overwhelmed with the support we had, helping to raise £20,000 for such a worthwhile charity. It was a really good opportunity to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Derby’s railways but also give the public a chance to see behind the scenes of Etches Park Depot for the first time.”
Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Railway Children, said: “The East Midlands Trains Etches Park event was a thoroughly enjoyable and valuable day for Railway Children in equal measure. Aside from the fantastic support of East Midlands Trains, we were able to meet some incredible people and talk more about the work of Railway Children, even meeting one gentleman in his 80's who worked at Etches Park in 1946 and wanted to find us to donate some of the books he'd written about his working life at Etches Park, all of which sold!!
“As always we are so grateful to everyone at East Midlands Trains who helped to organise such a fantastic event and then attend on the day to make it the all round success it was and allow Railway Children to reach even more children who otherwise would be completely alone and vulnerable alone on the streets.”
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “I am hugely proud of the team for their hard work in arranging such a successful event.It really has gone down as a real highlight in our history and I am very pleased to have been able to support the Railway Children’s Charity with such a significant contribution.”
The cheque was donated to Railway Children as part of the annual Derby Roundhouse Dinner on 9 October.
For more information about Railway Children visit railwaychildren.org.uk or for details of Derby’s 175th anniversary celebrations, visit derby175.co.uk.