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East Midlands Trains Managing Director turns chef for Railway Children charity's big breakfast

  • Railway Children’s Big Breakfast to take place on Friday 12 April
  • Train operator to donate all proceeds from breakfasts sold on the day to the charity
  • Managing Director to help cook breakfast on train to London

Managing Director of East Midlands Trains, David Horne, will be donning a chef’s hat and whites for the morning on Friday 12 April as the train operator shows its support for the Railway Children’s Big Breakfast event.

East Midlands Trains, in partnership with its supplier Rail Gourmet, has committed to donate all proceeds from the breakfasts sold on-board its trains on Friday 12 April to the Railway Children’s Charity.  In support of this event, Managing Director David Horne will also be helping to cook and serve breakfast on the 07.10 service from Nottingham to London.

The Railway Children’s Big Breakfast event is part of national activities held in aid of International Day for Street Children and will help to raise essential funds and awareness for children living on the streets.  Every year thousands of children across the world run away or are forced to leave home because of unbearable poverty, abuse, violence and neglect.

East Midlands Trains offers a full breakfast service on selected trains running between Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Derby, East Midlands Parkway, Loughborough, Leicester, Market Harborough, Kettering and Wellingborough to London St Pancras.  The Great British Breakfast is priced at £9.95 and includes free-range eggs, bacon, prime pork sausage, black pudding, tomato, hash browns, mushrooms and a toasted muffin.  Other options include smoked salmon or kippers, bacon or sausage baguette or the lighter option of porridge or a breakfast fruit mix.   

The proceeds from all breakfast items sold on the morning of Friday 12 April will be donated to Railway Children.  In addition, East Midlands Trains employees will be playing their part in helping to raise as much money for the charity with breakfasts also being sold to raise money at staff locations and a charity fund-raising walk taking place.

David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re really pleased to be taking part in Railway Children’s Big Breakfast event on 12 April.  I’m particularly looking forward to being let loose in one of our on-train kitchens and helping the on board chef to cook breakfast for our passengers!

“Railway Children is such an important and worthwhile charity and we are always happy to take part in fund-raising initiatives to support their work.   

“We’re hoping to raise as much money as possible through the Big Breakfast event so hope our passengers will dig deep for the charity on Friday and treat themselves to a tasty breakfast at the same time!”

Terina Keene, Chief Executive, Railway Children, commented: “The Big Breakfast is a great day for our railway partners to come together and hold fundraising events in support of Railway Children. When else could you play Russian Egg Roulette with your managers and a bowl full of eggs – some raw, some hard boiled!

“Some of our supporters will be fasting for 24 hours the day before and then uniting for breakfast and fun activities the next morning.

“Funds from this campaign will be spent on worthwhile projects and go a long way towards helping street children have a better future; every year, thousands of children across the world run away or are forced to leave home because of unbearable poverty, abuse, violence or neglect. Our Big Breakfast coincides with the International Day for Street Children that morning, like every other, these children will wake up on the streets hungry and afraid. For most of them, breakfast on 12 April will be just another meal they miss.

“Railway Children provides protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. Every day we fight to change their story. You can join our fight too by taking part in the Big Breakfast.”         

East Midlands Trains has already donated around £40,000 to Railway Children following a dedicated special train and other employee fund-raising events including charity cycle rides.