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Advance TRS Golf Day for Rail Aid 2022

4th October 2022

The annual Advance TRS Golf Day for Rail Aid returned to The Belfry in Birmingham for the second year running on Thursday the 29th of September.

Unlike the torrential weather and storms from the year previous, we had lovely 18-degree sun for our golfers to enjoy as they compete for charity. There were 19 fourballs in total, all sent out in buggies for a shotgun start at midday. Prizes to be won involved competitions like Beat the Pro, Furthest Drive, individual Stableford, and Team Stablefords.

Rail Aid Photos of golf day

The Evening – Speakers & Rewards

After a great day of golf, we enjoyed a 3-course dinner, a presentation from Dave Ellis at Railway Children, and then were joined by guest speaker Kriss Akabusi. Kriss rose to fame on the athletics track. His greatest individual triumph was winning the gold medal in the 1990 European Championships, and he is now a motivational speaker and TV personality.

Rail Aid Speakers, drinks and dinner

We then completed the evening with a much-anticipated finale involving Golf Awards, Prize Giving, and a Charity Auction.

Last year, Advance TRS raised a staggering £20,000 for Rail Aid, which they were very keen to beat and overcome for their return in 2022. With outstanding prizes to win, complimented by a wide selection of amazing experiences in a charity auction, we overcame expectations and raised a magnificent £23,395 for a great cause in Rail Aid.

Rail Aid money celebrations and golf day rewards

Advance TRS Founder & Managing Director Andy Ridout shared;

We are ecstatic about achieving their milestone and are extremely excited to have raised so much for such an incredible cause. Thank you to our partner sponsors for their continued support and all who joined us on the day, especially those who bid on the auction prizes and helped push up our fundraising total.”

A very special thank you to our partner sponsors, MACE Dragados and Turner and Townsend for their continued support of the event and also to our generous hole sponsors; Aecom, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Clipfine, Coombes, Gleeds, Kilnbridge, Telent and Volker Rail.

Dave Ellis – Corporate Partnerships Manager at Railway Children:

“Wow, where do you start after a day like that… and there were times during the Advance TRS Golf Day for Rail Aid, where I genuinely took a moment to look around and really did feel incredibly humbled.

When you put into context that the £23,395 raised from the day could fund one of Railway Children’s Open Shelters in India for almost an entire year, that is true impact and where the value of the day really becomes evident.”

Railway Children

Children run away or are forced to leave homes where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse, and neglect. They find themselves living on the streets because there is nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. Railway Children work to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can.

Rail Aid, is a major fundraising initiative in support of Railway Children, the Rail industry’s charity. Dubbed ‘the railway’s answer to Children In Need’, Rail Aid was conceived and realised in direct response to the Covid-19 outbreak and will raise critical funds for Railway Children’s work with vulnerable young people at a time when many of the charity’s biggest fundraisers have been cancelled.

This October our Director of Client Services & Rail Signalling, Sam Jennings will be taking part in Railway Children’s Ride Vietnam Challenge. As a novice cyclist, Sam will be confronting a challenging 450km cycle across 7 days in 30 degrees, on a (barely used) bike!