Merseyrail Charity Of The Year 2018 – 2019
We would like to announce our partnership with Merseyrail as their nominated charity for 2018-2019. The story so far.
We received a phone call from Mike Walsh one of riders. He is a guard on the trains for Merseyrail and told us that he had nominated us as a candidate for their charity of the year. As the weeks passed by we continued with our service and fundraising activities then out of the blue came a phone call……..
It was Sally Ralston from Merseyrail. We had been nominated as charity of the year. We had no idea of the scale of what we had just received. First the announcement of an immediate donation of £10000 a figure that previously we could of only dreamed of. Then shortly after an invitation to a corporate event to receive the donation. That was our first meeting with Andy Heath and his staff.
The event was a whirlwind from start to finish. Fantastic food and incredible people. It was amazing to have so many offers of help on our first meeting not just from Merseyrail but from their associates as well., so many people had until this point never new we existed. Now they do, and how things have changed.
Our first event organised by Merseyrail was at the Grand National: we had teams at both Central and Aintree Station. Over the three days we raised over £5000 towards our running costs. The teams worked very hard our ” Little Drips” (Riders Children) worked tirelessly shaking buckets and handing out flip flops. We even met a few celebrities. (Photo Robin & Dave)
Our “Little Drips”
One of the Hairy Bikers at Aintree!
We have recently attended an afternoon tea party organised again by Sally and Lauren of Merseyrail, where we were made aware of how much work Merseyrail does with the local community which reinforced our realization of how lucky we are.
We are incredibly lucky to receive not only support for events and sponsorship from Merseyrail. But even more so for the expertise of their staff. Always available for advise and guidance as we take our first steps into what will be our biggest Year yet.
To be Continued