Eastbourne poppy train raises thousands for Royal British Legion

Poppy train in Eastbourne SUS-151125-163327001
Poppy train in Eastbourne SUS-151125-163327001

A special one-off service ahead of Remembrance Sunday run by Southeastern’s high speed poppy train has so far raised £17,600 for the Royal British Legion.

The commemorative train took 250 paying passengers on a round trip from London through Kent, and to Eastbourne.

It is the second year running such a train has been used to raise money for the legion.

The fundraising day on Saturday, November 7 was organised by Kent Evenden, driver manager at High Speed Services, and Andy Harding, 395 fleet engineering manager.

Both spent many hours of their free time preparing and planning for the trip and were helped by Southeastern employees.

Kent said: “It’s truly an honour to be part of the poppy train campaign to raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL). Occasions like this help remind us every year of the great sacrifice men and women in the armed services make for their country.”

Andy added, “The Royal British Legion is a fantastic organisation, one that continues to support former and current military personnel who have proudly served their country. The poppy train was created as a way to help raise awareness and raise money for the heroic actions of these brave people.”

Sandra Fruish, the south east area manager for the RBL, praised Kent and Andy for all the work they have put in planning and running the poppy train.

She said, “Many ex-servicemen and women worked on the railway network in the UK both before and after the First World War, and launching a special poppy train in their honour is a fitting tribute to their memory. We’re grateful to Southeastern for its ongoing support over the past few years, and we hope to maintain our partnership for many years to come.”

David Statham, managing director of Southeastern, said: “For the past two years, Kent and Andy have worked tirelessly to organise the poppy train. The hard work and the time that they and other employees have devoted is really humbling.”

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