Crewe Station Signs - RailAid Auction

Avanti West Coast signs up for Rail Aid

Avanti West Coast gets right behind this month's Rail Aid campaign, inviting bids for eagerly sought after Crewe Station signs, with all proceeds going to the Railway Children charity.

  • Avanti West Coast auctions off railway artefacts to raise funds for charity
  • Bids invited for eagerly sought after Crewe Station signs
  • Auction for the Railway Children’s Rail Aid campaign closes Saturday November 21st

Avanti West Coast is offering enthusiasts the chance to get their hands on some eagerly sought after railway artefacts to help raise money for charity.

A number of signs from Crewe station are up for grabs, the proceeds of the auction going to Rail Aid, the Railway Children’s week long fundraising initiative taking place later this month.

The large station signs, measuring 1.98m x 56cm, come in two designs and were taken down earlier in 2020 after many years use at a station familiar to so many rail travellers. 

Rail Aid is a new fundraising mission led by charity Railway Children, bringing the best of the UK rail community together to raise money and help vulnerable children whose lives have been impacted by coronavirus.  

“The signs have helped welcome so many customers over the years, so we really wanted to find them good homes,” said Karen Grimshaw, Station Manager for Avanti West Coast at Crewe. “And if we can raise some money for such a fantastic cause at the same time, even better.”

Across the rail industry, individuals and businesses will be taking part in a week of activities (Nov 22nd – 27th www.railaid.co.uk ), culminating in a live online show, celebrating achievements, featuring some of the key figures in rail and showcasing the industry at its very best.

Terina Keene, Chief Executive, Railway Children, said: “So many people have been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19 and that means children, both in the UK and overseas, are even more vulnerable to finding themselves on the street and in need of our support.

“The railway family has played such a key role during a time of national emergency and we really appreciate the support of Avanti West Coast.”

How do I bid for a sign?

Anyone interested in bidding for one of the signs should email richard.stanton@avantiwestcoast.co.uk , including their details and confirmation of their bid. The signs are expected to fetch in the region of £100 each.

The auction closes at midnight on Saturday 21st November. Winning bidders will be notified the following Monday, with all proceeds going to Rail Aid. Collection will be from Crewe station.

ENDS

Contact Information

Richard Stanton

Avanti West Coast

richard.stanton@avantiwestcoast.co.uk

Notes to editors

About Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. We will introduce more train services every week with new routes added, and a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since 8 December, passengers have benefitted from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.

For the latest news, visit the Avanti West Coast Media Room: https://newsdesk.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/

Press Office: 0845 000 3333

About Rail Aid 

Rail Aid is a new fundraising mission led by charity Railway Children, bringing the best of the UK rail community together to raise money and help vulnerable children whose lives have been impacted by coronavirus.  

The Railway Family’s Virtual Fundraiser is a week when UK rail unites to change lives, with incredible stories, entertainment, games and prizes.  

www.railaid.co.uk