A Fantastic Deal for a Fantastic Cause

A massive 25% discount is now on offer to anyone booking a table of four on the CLIC Sargent Train of Hope scenic charity railtour. That’s buy three get one free!

Free First Class Travel

The offer also includes free First Class travel with Virgin Trains to and from Crewe Station, where your journey begins.

The steam-hauled Train of Hope runs on Saturday 1 October 2011 from Crewe to Carlisle over the Cumbrian fells and returns on the scenic Settle and Carlisle line. Customers will be accommodated in luxurious first class coaches and invited to indulge in a full English breakfast and a five course dinner, including complimentary wines and refreshments. The train will be waved off at Crewe by a brass band and pop impresario and railway enthusiast Pete Waterman and met in Carlisle by a piper and the Mayor and Mayoress of Carlisle. All funds raised by the tour will go to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

A Desire to Make a Difference

The Train of Hope idea belongs to a team of Manchester-based Virgin Trains’ drivers who were looking to do something that combined a passion for the railways with a desire to make a difference for a very worthwhile cause.

Already, the Train of Hope has raised thousands of pounds for CLIC Sargent – most recently the Train of Hope raffle which was drawn by ex-Apprentice Claire Young on Saturday and raised an amazing £7,624.

A selection of top quality prizes will also be raffled on the train exclusively for Train of Hope customers. These include: two premier dining tickets with the Rail Touring Company

Balloon flights for two and Limited edition prints. Another very special item available exclusively to the appeal is a commissioned painting by John Colwey, a member of the Guild of Railway Artists.

There Are Still Some Seats Available – Get Yours Now

Details on booking arrangements are available at: http://www.trainofhope.co.uk/.For information about the event, contact John Young on: johnyoung877@btinternet.com or call:

07796 350 559

About CLIC Sargent

For more information on CLIC Sargent go to: www.clicsargent.co.uk . Contact Kat Turton, Media and PR Manager, on: 0117 314 8620 or email: kat.turton@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call: 08448 481189.

CLIC Sargent is Virgin Trains’ first official charity. The partnership has raised more than £280,000 since 2009 and Virgin Trains is continuing to support CLIC Sargent until 2012. All money raised through the Train of Hope fundraiser will help the charity to support families affected by childhood cancer across the UK. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards.

About Childhood Cancer

Every day 10 children and young people are told they have cancer, and diagnosis usually comes as a shock. Treatment normally starts straightaway and can last up to three years. Although survival rates are over 70%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.


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