Easter charity special train raises over £1,300
National Express train operator c2c joined forces with Essex-based charity Havens Hospices to run a special fundraising train on Easter Saturday - the "Havens Express".
Passengers were joined by the Easter Bunny and the Pearly King and Queen for the City of London on the special trip from Southend Central to Fenchurch Street. All the proceeds from ticket sales and onboard fundraising went to Havens Hospices, raising more than £1,300 for the charity which cares for children and adults with life-limiting illnesses.
Havens Hospices Community Fundraiser Hilary Metcalfe, who joined passengers on board, said: "The Havens Express was very kindly donated by c2c and it was a great success - perfect family fun over the bank holiday weekend. I would like to thank c2c staff for giving up their time to man the train on the day. The children on board received an egg from the Easter Bunny and also spent time with the driver in the cab, we had a sing-along led by the Pearly Queen of London, as well as a magician, a raffle, bingo, and lots, lots more.
"Everyone had an amazing time and the best thing about it was the £1,308 it has raised to help Havens Hospices care for seriously ill children and adults. We hope to do more with c2c in the future as it's been a pleasure working with them."
c2c driver Geoff Powell, who organised the event, said: "Havens Hospices do so much excellent work locally and we wanted to create a unique event in support the charity. We carried more than 200 passengers up to London and there was a real party atmosphere on board - and all in a good cause."
A special wooden nameplate was created for the event, with unit 357225 renamed for the day.
c2c staff have also raised £250 for the charity through a quiz night, including a £120 donation from the National Express Charity Panel.