GB RAILFREIGHT staff raised £160,000 for three charities during the course of 2017. The money was raised through a combination of a charity train tour, bike rides, half marathons, netball tournaments, football games, dress down days, cake sales, calendar sales and staff collections on awaydays.

On 27 January cheques were handed over to the charities. £100,000 was donated to the British Heart Foundation, £30,000 to the Ripple Project, an Edinburgh-based community venture that provides a variety of services to people of all ages, and £30,000 to Woking Homes, an independent social business that provides affordable rented homes, key worker accommodation, low-cost shared ownership, sheltered housing and new homes for local people.

GBRf says it will be continuing its fundraising efforts over the course of 2018 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Headway, a charity supporting those with brain injuries.

Promoting charity work: loco No 66782, with its promotional GBRf Charity Railtours decals, stands at platform 2 at Stoke-on-Trent on 30 January 2018, having just arrived with an East Midlands Trains driver training route learner. Simon Poole