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Staff from a leading Birmingham-based train company have raised over £1,000 for Caring Matters Now, a charity that supports those affected by Congenital Melanocytic Naevus (CMN), a type of birthmark that can appear on new born babies.

Staff at CrossCountry trains' Birmingham headquarters raised the money by organising a host of fun initiatives over the last three months including 'dress down Friday' collections, a giant monkey raffle and selling homemade smoothies.

The money raised will go towards supporting those affected by Congenital Melanocytic Naevus and fund research carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The efforts of CrossCountry's staff have led to the company being awarded the CMN Silver Champions Award by the charity.

Malcolm Cotterell, Employee Development & Engagement Manager at CrossCountry, said:

"Every year, both within and outside of work, employees at CrossCountry raise thousands of pounds for worthwhile causes. We were delighted to be able to support the great work of Caring Matters Now."

Jodi Whitehouse, Chief Executive, at Caring Matters Now said:

"It is fantastic that the staff at CrossCountry were able to raise so much money for our charity. We were delighted to be able to award them our CMN Silver Champions Award and thank them again for all their efforts."


Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Kelly Mortlock or Jack Storry on 020 7025 7522 or email crosscountry@grayling.com.

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CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to crosscountrytrains.co.uk.

CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operators with more than 42,000 employees and operations across 12 European countries. The link to Arriva is www.arriva.co.uk. The link to Deutsche Bahn is deutschebahn.com.

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CrossCountry facts and figures

STATIONS SERVED: 119
ROUTE MILES: 1,490
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 295
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)

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