Poppy fundrais­ing shared by le­gions of pas­sen­gers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A South­east­ern high speed ‘poppy train’, that runs spe­cial ser­vices to raise money for the Royal British Le­gion, has now brought in 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, 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, Novem­ber 7, took 250 peo­ple on a round trip from Lon­don through Kent, and on to East­bourne.

Now, af­ter to­talling up all the money that has come in, the fig­ure raised since the duo started their fundrais­ing ef­forts two years ago has reached £45,542.60

That to­tal is made up of £20,242.60 for last Novem­ber’s trip and £25,300 for the 2014 jour­ney.

The pair hope to run a sim­i­lar trip this Novem­ber, with de­tails re­leased once this has been or­gan­ised.

Mr Even­den 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.”

Mr Hard­ing added: “Now we have the final to­tal 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, the Le­gion’s head of re­gional fundrais­ing, said: “We are ex­tremely grate- ful to Kent and Andy, and ev­ery­one at South­east­ern, 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.”

High Speed driver man­ager Kent Even­den and fleet en­gi­neer­ing man­ager Andy Hard­ing with the poppy train which has raised more than £45,000

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