c2c staff raise £400 for the Railway Children in race around London
A group of employees from National Express train operator c2c have raised £400 for the Railway Children charity after completing a charity race around London.
Split into teams, the intrepid fundraisers were set the challenge of visiting randomly-selected railway stations in each of London's six travel zones, but restricted to using only National Rail services or walking with travel by tube, bus, taxi or bike banned.
As well as raising £400 from colleagues, friends and family, National Express will also be making a separate donation to the Railway Children through the National Express Charity Panel.
Geoff Powell, a driver for c2c and who organised the event, said: "Every year we organise a different staff charity race to raise money for a good cause. This year we decided to make it more difficult and banned the use of the tube, which added to the challenge. We chose the Railway Children for the tireless work they do to help homeless children and we all thought this was a very deserving cause."
Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Railway Children, said: "We are so grateful for the fantastic support that the team at National Express recently gave to Railway Children and the £400 they were able to raise will help us continue to Fight For Street Children. The way in which the c2c team decided on, planned and then most importantly managed to complete their challenge absolutely epitomises just how supportive and innovative people in the rail industry have been. It's only because of support such as this that Railway Children are now helping more than 30,000 children each year who would otherwise be completely alone and vulnerable on the streets of India, East Africa and also here in the UK."
Last year a group of staff from c2c raised almost £4,000 for the Railway Children charity by completing the Three Peaks Challenge.