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Charity Open Day Raises in Excess of £50k

Charity Open Day Raises in Excess of £50k
Written by Amy
  • Over five thousand visitors flock to Crewe All Change event.
  • Train named to mark Crewe’s role in the railway and honour Alison Austin.
  • Charites including NET, Rethink Mental Illness and other local good causes set to benefit.

Despite the best efforts of the British weather, over five thousand visitors descended on Crewe Station over the weekend raising in excess £50,000 for charity.

The “Crewe All Change” open day was run in partnership between Virgin Trains, Locomotive Services (TOC) Limited and The Railway Magazine on Saturday, June 8.

Charities set to benefit include NET Patient Foundation, Rethink Mental Illness, The Railway Children, St John’s Ambulance and a number of other local good causes.

The event was run in memory of Alison Austin, daughter of Lyn Gillan, and brother of Melvyn, who both work at Crewe station. Alison lost her brave fight against Neuroendocrine Cancer last year.

Virgin Trains’ Pendolino 390115 was named by the family, with the help of Councillor Benn Minshall, Mayor of Crewe Town Council, ‘Crewe – All Change’, to reflect the town’s key role in the railway both historically and in the years to come. The train also carries Alison’s name on its cab ends.

Gaynor Stewart, General Manager for Virgin Trains in the North West said: “We can’t thank people enough for coming out to support the event. It means so much to the team at Crewe and Alison’s family. Its been six months in the planning and a great example of how the industry can work together to deliver something really special.

“Locomotive Services Limited and The Railway Magazine also deserve special praise for their energy and commitment. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

Mr Minshall added: “Ever since the railway made Crewe its home in the 1800s, the town has been incredibly proud of the rich heritage it has given to us. The term ‘All Change at Crewe’ has long been associated with our station and it is just as fitting today as we travel into a new railway era with HS2. Crewe will always be part of the railways past, present and future.”

In addition to the train naming, guests were treated to a behind the scenes look at Crewe Diesel Depot, the doors thrown open for the first time in over a decade. Over 40 diesel and electric trains from around the network were on show, reflecting the Diesel Depot’s modern history.

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