Following a series of fundraising activities, the Poacher Line Community Partnership has donated £1,000 to the RAF100 Appeal.
Working with main sponsor CrossCountry Trains and partners East Midlands Trains, the partnership programmed a series of special events to celebrate the RAF’s centenary, which included taking a replica Red Arrow to Birmingham New Street Station (see notes to editor for full details).
The team also worked with local aviation heritage sites to offer discounts to visitors arriving by rail, along with a voucher card.
Recently, their efforts saw them take home the prize for best marketing and communications campaign at the national ACoRP Awards, which recognise the unsung heroes of the community rail world for their hard work and dedication.
Now a cheque for the money raised through these activities will be presented to the RAF Benevolent Fund at Sleaford train station on Wednesday 10 October.
The event will also see the result of a special prize draw announced, with the winner taking home a signed print of the Red Arrows (complimentary framed by ImageVille of Ruskington), along an overnight stay in the White Hart hotel in Lincoln, courtesy of Visit Lincoln, with East Midlands Trains providing return first class tickets.
Kaye Robinson, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “We have had a great year supporting and celebrating the RAF turning 100. With the Poacher Line being so close to many RAF visitor centres we wanted to shout about how easy these are to access whilst having some fun.
“Being able to raise such a fantastic amount for the RAF 100 Appeal really is the icing on the cake. We’ve also built some great relationships including with the RAF cadets in Sleaford, who are hoping to adopt Sleaford station in the coming months. I am hugely thankful to everyone involved.”
In addition to the money raised for the RAF100 Appeal, the partnership raised over £300 for the Royal Air Force Association at Radcliffe summer carnival.
For more on the Poacher Line, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/poacherline .