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Hospice Raise £5,000 with Steam Engines

LOROS event Full Steam Ahead saw fundraisers raise money for the hospice on Saturday 12th March in partnership with The Great Central Railway.

Around 200 people, including Leicester City Ambassador Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall, were at the debut of the event. Participants walked a five mile route before partaking in a trip on the LOROs express.

The walk was waved off by a patron of the hospice The Birch as they left from Quorn and headed to their final destination Woodhouse Station.

Laura Betts, the Events Lead for the charity, said: “What a fantastic turn-out we had at our first ever Full Steam Ahead event.

“I was so pleased to see so many people – and dogs of course- enjoying the beautiful Leicestershire countryside and raising money for LOROS.”

The route took participants through the villages of Old Woodhouse, Swithland Reservoir and the station at Rothley. Supporters were taken from there back to Quorn via the Great Central Railway where they each enjoyed a complimentary hog-roast at The Manor House Pub.

Rail Hospice Event
Photo Credit – LOROs

“After a few days of heavy rain, I have to admit I was slightly worried about the weather but in fact, the sun was on our side and came out to play for the duration of the entire event,” added Laura. “It was a sell-out event, which raised around £5,000, which is amazing.”

The Leicester-based hospice work towards giving free high-quality care and support to terminally ill patients. They provide care for more than 2,500 people per year by including services such as an In-patient unit of 31 beds, a counselling service for patients and their families and Medical Outpatients Clinics.

Richard Patching, General Manager of the Great Central Railway, said: “We were delighted to be given the opportunity to host the start and finish of the charity walk last Saturday.

“It raised awareness of the wonderful work carried out for families in need of support at extremely difficult times.

“The feedback received was tremendous and we sincerely hope that we can help them again in the not too distant future with another sell-out event. Last week proved to be a feather in Great Central Railway’s cap too.”

Photo Credit – LOROs

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