The Worth Valley Wanderer raises nearly 16k for Samaritans

The Worth Valley Wanderer rail tour trainA special train arranged by East Midlands Trains has helped to raise over £37,000 for two charities, with proceeds being split between Samaritans and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in Sheffield.

Ticket sales, a special commemorative brochure and a real ale bar provided by local breweries all helped to contribute to the huge amount raised for the two charities.  In addition, East Midlands Trains’ staff supported the event by donating their day’s wages, or worked on their day off, to help raise the maximum amount of money.

Volunteers from Samaritans Central Office also travelled on the train, which ran from St Pancras to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on Saturday 3 November. 

Samaritans raised a further £2,800 through a silent auction giving bidders the opportunity to win a footplate ride and a special headboard which was displayed on the front of the Worth Valley Wanderer.

Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive at Samaritans added:

“I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to East Midlands Trains and their staff for giving up their time to run the special service and for raising such a fantastic sum of money.  

“The day is testament to the strong relationships Samaritans has built with the rail industry, and East Midland Trains, and their staff, in particular, over the past two years since we embarked on our partnership with Network Rail, to help tackle suicides on the railway.”

Pete Glass, Head of Service Delivery for East Midlands Trains, said: “This was a really special day for everybody involved and we are so pleased to have been able to raise such a huge amount for two very worthwhile charities.

“We’ve worked with Samaritans for a number of years and are fully committed to supporting their work.
“We’d like to thank all of our partners in helping to make this special train possible and raising so much money for two special charities.”