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Three peaks doubles up
Increased demand for places on the Railway teams were turned away in 2008 because the Robin Gisby, direc-
Children’s Three Peaks Challenge by Rail means event was full and the first date in June next tor operations and cus-
the charity is running it twice next year year is filling up fast. Thanks to the support of tomer services at Network Rail has been
Like so many railway exercises, demand has the railway industry, Three Peaks has now involved from the start, ‘We are very pleased to is growing and capacity must be
outstripped capacity. Big hearted staff have raised an incredible £839,000 in total and has continue to support the further development of increased!’ The Three Peaks Challenge by Rail
flooded to the cause in the five years since the become one of Railway Children’s most impor- the Three Peaks event as it continues to grow. As will now run on 25th to 27th June and 17th to
event first started. Demand has grown and 20 tant fundraisers. with the railway itself, it is good to see demand 19th September.
A Charity for children
are most at risk, vulnerable toA British businessman on a
attack and abuse. trip to Bombay in 1993 found
David researched all organi-himself amidst the sweltering
sations working to help streetheat and bustle of Chatrapathi
children and quickly realisedSivaji once known as Victoria home. David, a former
no one was focussing on earlyRailway Terminus. Controller of Safety Policy
The station, an imposing with British Rail, decided to do intervention. In 1995 the
Victorian Gothic building, something about it. Feeling Railway Children was
would 15 years later find itself the rail industry should help – launched, to stop the abuse of
in the front line of terrorism the British built the Indian children living alone and at
as two Islamic terrorists railway system, one of the risk on the streets, through
armed with assault rifles largest and finest in the world early intervention.
opened fire into the crowds. It - he took the idea home with The Railway Children now
was the start of the Mumbai him. works with over 40 partner
massacre. The charity, the Railway organisations with 117 pro-
Back in 1993 what caught Children, came into being as a jects worldwide across Africa, dren projects. India alone there are an esti- the main station, Chatrapathi
David Maidment’s attention result. Its aim is to help run- Asia, South America and The Railway Children sup- mated eleven million street Sivaji. As Mumbai comes to
were the numbers of children, away children in the first few Europe. Last year it helped ports drop-in centres, night children. terms with the attack and its
abandoned or runaways, who hours and days after they over 24,000 street children and shelters, and transit homes The carnage that swept grief the work of the Railway
had arrived at the station and reach a railway station. It is for the first time ever spent offering food, health care, Mumbai on 26th November Children will be more sorely
subsequently made it their during this period that they over £1 million on street chil- counselling and education. In started with a gun attack at needed than ever.
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