Yet another record breaking fundraising effort from IRSE Scottish Section Dinner
13th November 2017
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the IRSE Scottish Section Annual Dinner last week and generously contributed to another record-breaking fundraising total for Railway Children. Over the past 3 years Andy Ridout, Group Managing Director of specialist recruitment consultancy Advance TRS, has championed the children’s charity with a heartfelt plea at the annual event, raising more year on year.
This year we have yet again topped the previous year’s donations with a whopping total of £3,623.37! This is exceptional, especially in light of having fewer people in attendance than in previous years. In light of the incredible effort, Ridout has kindly topped up the donations to £4,000.
“There’s not enough I could say to thank the members of the IRSE Scottish section for their substantial donations in Glasgow. Your donations will go towards helping the most vulnerable children worldwide. It’s so inspiring to see so many from the rail industry come together to change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people every year” explains Ridout.
Railway Children is an international children’s charity, with outreach teams operating out of the UK, India and East Africa. Donations help to fund street teams that seek out children living in squalid conditions on the streets, where the charity’s team of experts can meet the child’s immediate needs and attempt to reintegrate them back into normality.
Since establishing in 2011, giving back to those less fortunate and advancing others has been a central motivator for founder Andy Ridout and the growing Advance TRS team.This year Andy took on the extraordinary challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and competing in the Copenhagen Ironman Triathlon to raise money and awareness for the charity. He also traveled to a village in Tanzania to see one of the charity’s projects first hand for the first time.
As a father of 4 himself, walking through streets, meeting children as young as 4 or 5, sleeping rough because their parents do not have enough food or money to feed them, has spurred Andy on to continue to do what he can to change the lives of these vulnerable young people.