On July 7th, the Apedale Valley Light Railway will host a fundraising day for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice (DMH). The railway, operated by the Moseley Railway Trust (MRT), will operate steam trains from 1130 to 1600 – and profits from the day will be donated to DMH.
In addition to a frequent service of steam trains on the narrow gauge railway alongside the Apedale Community Country Park, there will be other attractions. Stoke-on-Trent Classic Car Club and the Six Towns Classic Car Club will be showing off their historic motor cars, and the North Staffs Model Engineering Society will be bringing miniature steam traction engines. The adjacent Apedale Heritage Centre will be offering tours of their coal mine, and the famous café will doubtless be stocking up on oatcakes.
Train fares are just £2 adults, £1 for children aged 5 to 15 – and free for under fives.
Phil Robinson, MRT Chairman, said “It is so important that charities work together. We are really looking forward to working with North Staffordshire’s best known charity – and we think this will be a really good day for our visitors, for our volunteers and for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice”.
Liz Clarke, DMH Communications and Marketing Manager said “Douglas Macmillan Hospice is an independent registered charity and does not receive funding from any National Charity. The Hospice needs to raise in excess of £8 million each year to maintain the standard of care that we currently give to over 2,000 patients who suffer from Cancer and other life limiting illness . We do thank the Apedale Valley Light Railway for organising a fundraising day and hope that they have a very successful day in raising valuable funds for the Hospice “.