“It’s our privilege to restart these successful days. We’ve had to cancel the last few because of the pandemic but now they’re returning as a regular fixture in our calendar” – all aboard for a popular miniature railway fundraiser in Norwich

A popular miniature railway fundraiser is back on track and hoping to prove just the ticket for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The special charity day is taking place at Eaton Park, in Norwich, on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May.

Miniature trains will be running throughout the day, from 11.30am until 4.30pm, and the revenue from all fares is being donated to EACH. Regular steam, electric and internal combustion locomotives will be present and it will be Eaton Park Miniature Railway’s sixth fundraiser for the charity, which supports families and cares for children with life-threatening conditions across East Anglia.

Railway spokesman Steve Adams said: “It’s our privilege to restart these successful EACH days, having held the first in 2015. We’ve had to cancel the last few because of the pandemic but now they’re returning as a regular fixture in our calendar.”

The railway runs a number of special fundraising days each year and the trains will operate every few minutes, weather-permitting. Park visitors are invited to bring a picnic, have a ride and watch them go by.

Anyone can turn up on the day and there is no need to book in advance. The cost is £1.50 for adults and £1 for children. EACH Community Fundraising Assistant Megan-Louise Kemp said: “It’s great that this fundraiser is returning as it’s something we always appreciated pre-Covid and our thanks go to everyone at Eaton Park Miniature Railway.

“Hopefully the sun shines and it’s another successful and popular day, with lots of people turning out to enjoy some Bank Holiday fun. The funds raised will help us continue our vital work supporting families and caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.”

Eaton Park Miniature Railway is operated by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers (N&DSME). A not-for-profit organisation, it exists to promote model engineering in all forms, including road and stationary engines, model boats, clock making and railways.

New members are always welcome and further information can be found on the society website or via its Facebook page. The day is being supported by The Nook Friends group, who will be sharing information about EACH from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Volunteers Marianne Betts, Gill Gooderham, Lynn Gooderham and their respective husbands will be running a stand with a competition to name and win a “Royal” bear, a matchbox game, a surprise bag game and – weather-permitting – a tombola.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk


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