Friday, 26 April 2013
Back in December last year, the Penistone Line Partnership arranged a Christmas Special Train to the Manchester Christmas Markets. The Special Train was fully decorated, and passengers were entertained by Thurlstone Training Band, and The Pathfinders band. Santa also joined the train, and gave presents to all the children on board.
The specially chartered train is an annual event organized by local community rail group, Penistone Line Partnership, with a different destination each year.
Tickets sell fast each year and the 2012 train raised funds for the Oliver Field Appeal, a charity raising funds for a two year old from Huddersfield to give him access to treatment for Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.
Penistone Line Partnership run several music trains annually, to promote the railway line and raise funds for their own work and other good causes. Neil Bentley, Chair of Penistone Line Partnership said, “We are delighted to be raising funds for such a worthy cause in such a warm and festive way. It’s a real team effort with volunteers, crew and other resources provided free of charge by Northern Rail. Our own volunteers provide a fabulous welcome for the passengers and we love using the train to allow Santa’s reindeer to take a few hours off while he takes the train.”
Laura Field, Mum to Oliver said, "We all really enjoyed the Christmas train to the Manchester Christmas Markets, it was Oliver’s first time on a real train and he loved it, they both did and getting to go upfront and see the driver was great. The present from Santa also kept them both busy for the remainder of the trip, and we enjoyed the shopping in Manchester and festive music on board for the return trip."
Unfortunately, just a few days after the train The Field Family found out that Oliver’s cancer has returned, he had a 5cm tumour near to the original site in his tummy, he is currently undergoing chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumour into an operable state, if once it’s out they may be able to get him further treatment abroad as his options in the UK are very limited. The Oliver Field Appeal has currently raised approximately £105,000 but need £250,000 to secure treatment, so the £1000 raised on the train is very much appreciated by the family.
Laura Field commented, “Thank you for choosing to support Oliver on the 2012 train.”
For further information on how you can support the charity, please visit www.theoliverfieldappeal.co.uk