December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Members of a miniature railway group in Norwich have celebrated a record-breaking fundraiser with the help of a big, yellow bear.
Pudsey Bear, the official mascot of Children in Need, joined in with the fun at Eaton Park and hopped aboard the tiny train to help raise funds for the charity.
The event was the miniature railway’s season finale and was organised by the not-for-profit organisation, the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers (N&DSME), which also operates the railway.
Member Mike Fordham said it was their busiest day yet.
“The children absolutely loved it and they liked having their photos taken with Pudsey and shaking his hand as well as riding on the train with him,” he added.
Each year the railway devotes the revenue from the last operating day to Children in Need. And this year the team smashed its previous record and has been able to donate £1,071 to the BBC’s charity.
During the afternoon the trains ran for four hours from 1pm.
Mr Fordham added: “There were large queues most of the afternoon of families waiting to meet Pudsey and ride on the miniature trains.”
Passengers were able to ride behind a variety of engines, from steam to electric, around the railway’s circuit of around 800m.
Paul Reed, duty officer on the day, said: “We were very lucky. The weather was fine and the public came in large numbers to support this worthy cause.”
He added that young children were especially interested in the steam engines and the drivers were happy to show them how they worked.
The N&DSME promotes model engineering in all forms, including road and stationary engines, model boats, clock making and railways.
New members are always welcome. For more information visit www.ndsme.co.uk
This year’s Children in Need appeal night is on November 15. Are you doing anything special to raise money for Children in Need or any other charity? Contact reporter Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 693892, email email@example.com or follow on Twitter @donnaloubishop