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Advance-TRS Marketing Director scales new heights for Railway Children

23rd August 2016

Advance-TRS’s Marketing Director Vicky Ridout is due to join a team of rail professionals to climb Mount Kenya this September.

Since Andy Ridout established the rail recruitment firm in 2011 Advance-TRS has had a strong association with international children’s charity Railway Children.

Andy has already completed mega triathlons, marathons and climbed Everest to raise money and awareness for the street children supported by Railway Children. Now Marketing Director Vicky has taken up her own challenge for the charity.

“I’m sure everyone who knows me will be surprised by the fact that I have signed up to partake in a monumental climb of the 17000ft Mount Kenya” explains Vicky.

“This will be a huge personal challenge and something quite out of character but I am excited about this latest opportunity to work with Railway Children and help to give all children the right to be children, a right to education and a right to wake up each morning in a safe place without fear.”

Vicky’s hike will lead her to Point Lenana, the highest trekking point of Mount Kenya via dense rainforest, vast moorlands, rocky valleys and deep rocky gorges.

Once the climb and descent are complete Vicky and her fellow hikers will make the journey to the streets of Kitale, the location of one of the many Railway Children project centres and an area renowned for its vast amount of children street children. Here she will meet with the young people helped by the project and see the impact of living on the streets up close.

In Kenya, 250,000 children live on the streets and in the UK a child runs away from home every 5 minutes.

Show your support and donate online via Vicky’s Virgin Money Giving page or track Vicky’s progress by following Advance-TRS on social media.

Your donation can make all the difference for young people abroad and in the UK.

  • Just £3 could feed a child 3 times a day in a Railway Children shelter for a week in India.
  • £10 could keep a Railway Children team member on the streets in the UK for an hour.
  • £20 could provide overnight clothing and toiletries for a child at a runaway refuge within the UK.
  • £60 could fund a medical check-up and medication for a child in Kenya for a year.
  • £100 would give a child in India 3 meals a day, new clothing, healthcare, counselling, basic education and protection for up to 6 months.

“Together we can all advance.”