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On Wednesday 10 October at Sleaford railway station, the Poacher Line Community Rail Partnership presented a cheque for £1,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund towards their RAF 100 appeal.
The money was raised by the Partnership, who support the community and stations on the Nottingham to Skegness line, through a number of fundraising activities to promote the region’s long standing connections with the Royal Air Force. These included an event in May supported by CrossCountry, where a replica Red Arrow aeroplane was installed at Birmingham New Street station, together with a 1940’s vintage afternoon.
The success of their activities was recognise at a prestigious national awards ceremony on 4 October, where Poacher Line were presented with the prize for ‘Best Communications or Marketing Campaign’ by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships.
Kaye Robinson, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “We have had a great year supporting and celebrating the RAF turning 100. With the Poacher Line being so close to many RAF visitor centres we wanted to shout about how easy these are to access whilst having some fun.
“Being able to raise such a fantastic amount for the RAF 100 Appeal really is the icing on the cake. We’ve also built some great relationships including with the RAF cadets in Sleaford, who are hoping to adopt Sleaford station in the coming months. I am hugely thankful to everyone involved.”
In addition to the money raised for the RAF100 Appeal, the partnership raised over £300 for the Royal Air Force Association at Radcliffe summer carnival.
For more on the Poacher Line, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/poacherline