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Railway Benefit Fund run first Railway Family Week

The charity held their first ever Railway Family Week from 26th April – 2nd May; a fundraising event designed to bring together the entire rail industry. The charity achieved their fundraising goal of raising £50,000 to support railway people in need.

Railway Family Week opened with the unveiling of an Avanti West Coast Pendolino named ‘Railway Benefit Fund.’ The Pendolino, number 390155, has already travelled 10,000 miles since the launch and is expected to travel over a quarter of a million miles in the next year. If you spot the train, please email in your photos or tweet @RBF1858 using #RBFPendolino

In the months leading up to Railway Family Week, individuals and teams across the industry pledged to complete the 1858 Challenge. Over 50 people completed the challenge and the range of activities was incredible. Teams worked together to run, cycle and walk 1,858km collectively; individuals aimed to complete 1,858 squats or press ups; one individual even completed a virtual train marathon as part of his challenge.

The online Auction of Experiences closed on the Friday of Railway Family Week and saw almost £20,000 raised in bids. Over 30 prizes were donated by organisations and individuals. This included station tours, a cab ride, an Island Line experience, a staycation, walks over the Ribblehead Viaduct and Forth Bridge and even a helicopter ride.

Source: Railway Benefit Fund