The Advance TRS Golf Day for Rail Aid has confirmed two new partner sponsors: Turner & Townsend and Mace Dragados.
Railway Children and Advance TRS have teamed up to create the first annual Charity Golf Day, which will be held at the Belfry Hotel & Resort. The day is designed to bring industry leaders together to fundraise for a good cause: the Rail Aid campaign – whilst also engaging in some healthy competition and networking.
Teams will play on the Ryder Cup Brabazon Course, followed by a networking dinner, keynote speaker, and silent auction draw for Rail Aid. One of the prizes has been the gifting of two four-balls at the JCB Golf and Country Club to play with the managing directors of JCB and Torrent Trackside.
The event has been organised during a time when it has become harder to find ways to raise money under current pandemic restrictions, even though the need to support causes, like Railway Children’s Rail Aid campaign, has increased. The golf day has been seen as one way to bring the UK rail industry together.
The organisers explain that, as the world is recovering from Covid-19, its aftermath is causing more children than ever to be placed in dangerous situations. It is causing an increase in isolation, trafficking, grooming, starvation, and abuse. Extra stress on families, already at breaking point, became unbearable during the pandemic, making young people even more vulnerable.
Andy Ridout, Advance TRS founder and managing director, said: “As a long-time supporter of Railway Children and having visited some of their projects, I have seen first-hand the impact intervention from the charity can have on children’s lives.
“I wanted to bring industry leaders together in a way that was safe, fun and could raise a substantial amount of money for the charity. All proceeds from the Golf Day go directly to Rail Aid and to helping children in need.”
Attendees so far include AECOM, Telent, Thales, Lowery and JCDecaux UK.
Another supporter is CEO of HS2, Mark Thurston. He said: “HS2 is the Railway for future generations, while providing thousands of employment opportunities for young people in its design and construction.
“The Rail Aid campaign and the work of Railway Children has our full support at HS2 and I look forward to supporting this at the Advance Rail Aid Golf Day at the Belfry.”
Dave Ellis, Railway Children corporate partnerships manager, said: “We intend for this Advance TRS Charity Golf Day in support of Rail Aid to be an annual event which will grow with every year running.
“Attending the first of these prestigious events as a guest or sponsor will not only mean you are directly supporting some of the world’s most vulnerable children, but will also give you a taste of what our future Golf Days will be like.”