Train operator Avanti West Coast has helped raise over £2,000 for Railway Children by donating a number of items to the charity’s week-long Rail Aid fundraiser.
In total, eight station signs from Crewe Station were bought by rail enthusiasts, eager to get their hands on a piece of railway history. A photobook, which captured the experience of the railway during COVID-19, also went under the hammer, fetching £255.
The signs will not have far to travel to their new homes, with five of the winning bids coming from people who live in or around Crewe. The remaining three will be spending their retirement in Milton Keynes, Wigan and Leicestershire.
Karen Grimshaw, station manager for Avanti West Coast at Crewe, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and the amount raised. So a big thank you to everyone, especially the winners who clearly have such fond memories of their time spent at the station.”
One of the successful bidders, Crewe resident Rachel Cope, added: “I couldn’t believe when I heard that I’d won one of the signs. I’m a regular visitor to the station, and the sign will be the perfect back drop to the model railway that I’m building, which is based on the layout at Crewe.”
Rail Aid, led by charity Railway Children, raised over £½ million in 2020, bringing the best of the UK rail community together to raise money and help vulnerable children whose lives have been impacted by coronavirus.