News from East Midlands Trains

19.09.2014

Railway staff take to two wheels to raise thousands for charity

  • Team travelled from Derby to Portsmouth in latest charity challenge
  • Team included staff from East Midlands Trains and South West Trains
  • 200 miles covered in just 3 days
  • Nearly £10,000 raised for Samaritans and Macmillan Cancer Support

A lean team of train staff have now raised nearly £10,000 for Samaritans and Macmillan Cancer Support after completing their latest challenge - a 200 mile cycle ride from Derby to Portsmouth Harbour in just three days!

The team included staff from South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance and East Midlands Trains.

The 200 mile bike ride was the latest in a series of fundraising challenges the team have carried out, which have raised a combined £9,663.

This journey was made up of three legs, each covering significant distances. The cyclists departed from Derby train station on Tuesday morning and travelled to Milton Keynes. Wednesday was Milton Keynes to Reading and the final leg saw the weary team travel from Reading to Basingstoke and on to Portsmouth for a well deserved rest!

Kris Newton, is a Commercial Guard based at the South West Trains Fratton Depot. He organised the ride and completed all three legs: “It was incredibly challenging and plenty of hard work but also tremendous fun. There was a great atmosphere among us all throughout the three days as we all encouraged each other to finish the journey.

“On behalf of all the riders I would also like to thank all those who supported us, including those who donated, friends and family and especially the support crew, without whom we would have been lost in more ways than one!

“We really hope the money raised can make a real difference to Samaritans and Macmillan Cancer Support.”

David Horne, Managing Director at East Midlands Trains, waved off the riders from Derby on Tuesday and has closely monitored their progress since, he said: “This is a fantastic fundraising effort by our staff and others from right across the rail network.   

“Clearly 200 miles in just three days is an incredible achievement which has been more than matched by the very generous donations received from friends, family and well wishers from right across the country. I hope the riders enjoy a well deserved rest!”

The whole team included riders and support crew from East Midlands Trains, South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, First Great Western, London Midland, Network Rail and London Underground.