Great Yarmouth station charity day raises hundreds for local children

Big hearted staff at Great Yarmouth railway station have raised hundreds of pounds for a local charity by holding a Christmas extravaganza.

Laura Engelstone and Ann Kirkham, who work in the ticket office, organised a fun day with live music by ‘Knotted’, stalls, games, a cake sale and a huge raffle which featured over £700 worth of prizes.

Santa and his elf even made an appearance to give out presents, complete with a sleigh and gingerbread house which were created for him by the students of Great Yarmouth college, who also sold bunches of mistletoe to rail passengers on the day.

The event supported The Beach FM’s charity appeal "Help an East Coast Child", which is close to the hearts of the station staff and many passengers who pass through the station.

The event raised £418.59 for the appeal which aims to make life better for less privileged children and their families on the East coast through grants and by working with schools, youth groups, disabled children and more.

Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, James Reeve, commented, “Ann and Laura pulled out all the stops to put on a fantastic Christmas event which was very popular with customers, but also brought the whole community together in getting behind the ‘Help an East Coast Child’ appeal. I’m amazed by what they have achieved and would like to congratulate them on their fundraising success and thank all the businesses who supported the raffle, as well as the students of Great Yarmouth college, who gave us so much help in the run up to the event and on the day.”

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