East Midlands Trains hands over £6,000 to Macmillan

Danielle Blavins from East Midlands Trains hands over the cheque to Steve Loane from Macmillan Cancer Support

Danielle Blavins from East Midlands Trains hands over the cheque to Steve Loane from Macmillan Cancer Support

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East Midlands Trains passengers and staff have helped to raise almost £6,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

The train operator, which runs services through Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee morning in September.

A range of activities took place during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning including charity collections at stations and on trains.

Passengers using the First Class Lounges at Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield were also given the opportunity to buy a limited edition Macmillan pin badge and a slice of cake.

East Midlands Trains employees also got involved by holding their own cake sales.

Danielle Blavins from East Midlands Trains ticket office at Derby today handed over a cheque for £5,913.52 to Steve Loane, area fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Managing Director for East Midlands Trains David Horne said: “We are so pleased to have raised such a large amount of money for this worthwhile charity.

“It was great to get involved in this year’s biggest coffee morning and we’re grateful to our passengers and staff for all their support for Macmillan.”

Mr Loane added: “A really massive thank you to all the East Midlands Trains passengers and staff for raising such a fantastic amount.

“This donation will help us to provide 222 extra hours of nursing care to support people affected by cancer and their families.

“What’s more, it has just helped us hit our local target of £220,000.

“That’s a huge increase on last year, and with more income being banked daily, we’re expecting it to be another record year for the event!”