Rail firm’s ‘significant’ support for good cause

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Sheffield to London rail operator East Midlands Trains and its parent company Stagecoach has raised £85,000 for a charity which helps children on the streets in the UK, India and Africa.

The company collected the sum for Railway Children through initiatives including organising special days out by train.

A trip from London to Crich Tramway Village earlier this month, involving a special train service from St Pancras to Derbyshire, raised an impressive £34,500.

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter also donated at a fundraising dinner, which brought in a further £16,000.

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 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 taking it one step further and is currently in Tanzania climbing Kilimanjaro in aid of Railway Children.

“This represents the largest single donation we have ever made to the charity and we’re especially grateful to our chairman, Sir Brian Souter, on his generous donation with additional money from Stagecoach Group to provide such a record-breaking amount for the charity.”

Dave Ellis, of Railway Children, said: “The donation epitomises just how much of a difference the rail industry can and does make for our organisation. It has been incredible to see such support.”