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East Midlands Trains has teamed up with parent company, Stagecoach, to provide a significant £69,092 windfall to Railway Children, marking the largest ever charity donation made by the train operator.
The total sum raised for this important charity, announced at the ‘Dinner at the Roundhouse’ event at Derby on 10 October, has now reached a stellar £85,000, with more money still coming in.
A total of £34,531 was raised by East Midlands Trains through its special train from London St Pancras to Alfreton on Saturday 5 October which allowed visitors to experience a day at Crich Tramway Village with specially arranged rides on the centre’s historic trams. All proceeds of this special trip were donated to the Railway Children’s Charity.
A cheque for the significant donation was presented to Railway Children at the Derby dinner where Stagecoach Chairman and keynote speaker, Sir Brian Souter, surprised the 450 guests by matching the amount raised by East Midlands Trains making a total of £69,092.
David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been able to donate such a significant amount to such a worthwhile charity. We have been a firm supporter of the Railway Children for many years and our staff have been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds through charity bike rides, special trains and even selling commemorative badges. Our Operations Director, Ian Smith, is also taking it one step further and is currently in Tanzania climbing Kilimanjaro in aid of the Railway Children!
“This represents the largest single donation we have ever made to the Railway Children and we’re especially grateful to our Chairman, Sir Brian Souter, on so generously matching our donation with additional money from Stagecoach Group to provide such a record-breaking amount for the charity.”
Transport group Stagecoach donates hundreds of thousands of pounds a year to help health charities, education campaigns and local community projects. Stagecoach also gives match funding to complement many fund-raising activities by its employees, as well as providing significant in-kind support by donating free transport and assisting with employee secondments to charitable projects.
A further £12,777 was raised for the charity by railway training and recruitment company boss Andy Ridout from participating in a 140-mile ‘Ironman’ event in Norway last August, and another £3,630 was raised on the night itself. This helped to achieve a significant total of £85,469 for the Railway Children.
Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Railway Children, said: ‘The Derby Roundhouse event epitomises just how much of a difference the rail industry can and does make for Railway Children. It has been incredible to see the support we have received from companies such as Mainspring, East Midlands Trains and UK Railtours in all of the build up and planning. It really is so fantastic to meet companies and individuals who are so committed to supporting us in our fight for children living alone and at risk on the streets in the UK, India and East Africa.’
Dinner at the Roundhouse organiser, Mainspring chairman Howard Johnston said, “Railway Children is a most worthy cause, and the support provided by East Midlands Trains and Stagecoach in raising such a magnificent final sum sets us all a challenge when we stage next year’s dinner on 9 October 2014.”
Dinner at the Roundhouse is an annual event held in the prestigiously restored 1939 Roundhouse at Derby College attracting around 450 industry professionals, business leaders and key decision-makers.