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Poppy train raises more than £45,000

Press Release   •  May 25, 2016 06:52 BST

A Southeastern high speed poppy train that runs special services to raise money for The Royal British Legion has now raised a total of more than £45,000 for the charity.

For the past two years, the commemorative train has taken paying passengers on routes the high speed does not normally travel on ahead of Remembrance Sunday, with all ticket money going to the legion.

The fund-raising trips - which have been organised by Kent Evenden, Driver Manager at High Speed Services, and Andy Harding, 395 Fleet Engineering Manager - started in 2014 to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Last year's service – on Saturday 7 November - took 250 people on a round trip from London through Kent, and on to Eastbourne, in East Sussex.
Now, after totting up all the money that has come in, the figure raised since the two started their fundraising efforts two years ago has reached an amazing £45,542.60.

The total is made up of £20,242.60 for the most recent trip in November last year and £25,300 for the 2014 journey.

Andy and Kent are now looking towards later this year – as they hope to run another train in November. Details will be released once this has been arranged.

Kent said: “It has been great to be able to raise so much for such a worthy cause. The British Legion do a huge amount of good work and I am proud to support them in this way.”

Andy added: “Now we have the final total figure in it is great to see that over two years we have raised more than £45,000 for the Royal British Legion. The legion do so much to support former and current military personnel and I am proud to be able to help in the way we have.”

Claire Rowcliffe, Head of Regional Fundraising for The Royal British Legion, said: “We are extremely grateful to Kent and Andy, and everyone at Southeastern Railway, for their continued efforts and support which helps the Legion to provide its wealth of services.

“We hope to keep our partnership strong for many years to come as we continue to help keep alive the memory of the fallen and support the future of the living.”

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