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Winston’s Wish gets on board with model railway exhibition

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Winston’s Wish, the leading child bereavement charity in the UK, has been named as charity partner of the bi-annual Cheltenham Model Railway Exhibition – and plans are already steaming ahead for a packed weekend of family fun in April.

The charity will receive all profits from the popular exhibitions which are organised by the GWR Modellers Group. The events have previously raised more than £30,000 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Winston’s Wish is honoured to have been named as the new charity partner and is looking forward to the next event on Saturday 2nd April and Sunday 3rd April, which is sure to be a hit with train enthusiasts of all ages.

Children will be particularly excited to see Thomas the Tank Engine making an appearance, and will even be able to try their hand at driving him.

Serious model railway enthusiasts can view a variety of layouts including a scale model of Birmingham Moor Street.

Liz Thatcher, Community Fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, said:

“This is a perfect event for enthusiasts and families. Go along to find out more, listen to the experts talk about their collection, and have a go yourself.”

The event, at St Margaret’s Hall, Coniston Road in Cheltenham, runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday. Entrance costs £4 for adults, £2.50 for children and £9 for a family ticket. For full details visit www.cheltmodrail.org.uk.

In addition to steam and diesel layouts, there will be model road vehicles, trade stands and refreshments.

GMR Modellers Group held its first model railway exhibition in October 1987 in the Holy Apostles Church Hall in Cheltenham.

Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches more than 40,000 bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services. These specialist support programmes include support following death as a result of accident, illness, homicide, suicide and military service.

 

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