CORBY & District Model Railway Society (CDMRS) will be supporting Cransley Hospice in aid of the Captain Tom Challenge 100 event.
Their NHS liveried class 66 locomotive will be running around their track 100 times on Saturday 1st May. The event will take place from 10am at their headquarters site, which can be found at Quarry Close, (Off) Kelvin Grove, Corby, NN17 1AZ.
Last year, when Captain Tom completed 100 laps around his garden for the NHS, CDMRS were inspired to design their NHS and Captain Tom train, which has gained a lot of attention from the local community.
Members of the society will be on site from 8am, preparing the train for its 100 laps. From 10am, members of the community are welcome to visit from a safe distance due to COVID-19 restrictions. Barriers will be put in place to allow a one-way system to ensure visitors have a good view of the train. The Cransley donation buckets will be available on site.
This railway has been reconstructed over the last 10 years and over the last 12 months has been resignalled. The railway would normally carry the public throughout the year, including Halloween and Santa Specials, being incredibly popular with 3,500+ visitors for the 2019 Christmas events.
CDMRS Chairman Craig Tyler said:
“The Society understands the need that organisations like Cransley Hospice rely on, so whatever we can do to help is got to be a good thing, and we intend to work with Cransley Hospice in the future on their fundraising activities.”
Louise Preedy, Community Fundraising Manager at Cransley Hospice, said:
“Captain Tom gave inspiration and support to so many at a difficult time and touched the hearts of the nation. We are so thankful to the Corby and District Model Railway Society for choosing to support Cransley Hospice with their Captain Tom 100 challenge.
“It’s been a pleasure to meet some of the team from Corby and District Model Railway Society, their site is such a wonderful local gem, and we hope the community will support them with their challenge.”
Cransley Hospice needs to raise around £1.4M each year to provide specialist palliative care for patients in North Northamptonshire with a life-limiting illness. The postponement or cancellation of events and community collections and the closure of the Cransley Hospice charity shops will leave the charity fundraising income down by almost £500,000 this year. Support from individuals is more important than ever, and there are many ways that people can get involved to support Cransley, from taking on a challenge, playing the weekly lottery or even shopping!
You can get more ideas on how you can support Cransley Hospice from their website: https://www.cransleyhospice.org.uk/support-us/.