As 2023 draws a close, it provides us with an invaluable opportunity to reflect on the outstanding charitable events undertaken by our employees, aimed at raising funds for noble causes for organizations like Railway Children, Cancer Research, and MacMillan

At Advance TRS, our Founder and Managing Director, Andy Ridout has consistently provided support and motivation to the team, urging them to embrace personal challenges, step out of their comfort zones, and contribute to charitable causes by raising funds. This year saw our team participate in 6 charity events.

Three Peaks by Rail

In 2023 the first charity event our employees participated in was the Three Peaks by Rail. On the 15th June, the Advance team of Louise, Tom, Jake, and Sam embarked on an enduring 3-day mountain challenge. This tested various physical and mental; attributes including endurance, mental resilience, and physical fitness.

Our commitment to supporting Railway Children has been longstanding. This organization is dedicated to aiding vulnerable children living on the streets. Through our efforts, we were able to raise an impressive £4,000 for this cause.  

Pretty Muddy Challenge

In June, the women of the Guildford office participated in the “Pretty Muddy Challenge” to demonstrate their unwavering support for Cancer Research.

This event served as a significant platform to showcase their dedication and determination to effect positive change in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Upon the finish line, they not only commemorated their individual achievements but also acknowledged the collective impact of their efforts.  Our collective fundraising efforts resulted in an impressive donation of £600 to support Cancer Research.

Advance TRS Golf Day for Rail Aid

In September we had the return of our annual Golf Day for Rail Aid. This year’s golf day was at Celtic Manor. The event boosted participation from a total of 18 fourballs.

With outstanding prizes to win, complemented by a wide selection of amazing experiences in our auction. We raised a magnificent £14,000 for a great cause. Added to the previous year’s totals, we are immensely proud to announce that Advance TRS Golf Day for Rail Aid has now raised a total of £57,395 benefiting underprivileged children in the UK, Africa, and India.

Pictures of our charity events

Macmillan Coffee Morning

In October we held a coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. This event saw a bake-off competition come to the Guildford office, with Lily taking home star baker for her exceptional blondies. This was a great opportunity to have some run and raise some money for Macmillan.

Business Fives

This November the Advance TRS team represented by the boys, has joined the 5-a-side football competition organized by Business Fives. The participation is not just about scoring goals, it is about making a meaningful impact.

They are proud to be supporting the Little Roo Neonatal Fund, a charity that holds a special place in our managing director Andy’s heart and is dedicated to providing crucial support to the Neonatal care unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey.

Their dedication has been shown through having raised an incredible £220 for this noble cause.

Still to come this year…

Christmas Jumper Day

To conclude an extraordinary year of charity events, we are wrapping it up with a festive touch. Christmas Jumper Day. On December 14th, our entire team across all offices will be wearing their most cheerful Christmas jumpers, all in support of the wonderful cause of Save the Children.

This year we take immense pride in our remarkable contribution to numerous charitable causes, making a significant impact by raising a staggering sum of £18,855 Our dedication has left an indelible mark on the lives of those in need.

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Once again, the team at Advance TRS got involved in fundraising activities, this time to help the amazing children’s charity Railway Children, which we have been involved with numerous times in the past. 

At Advance TRS, helping charities by fundraising regularly is at the heart of what we do. We care about others and we want to help make a difference.

The charity

Railway Children has been fighting for children alone and at risk on the streets for over 22 years. During that time, they’ve reached more than 275,000 children in India, the UK and East Africa.

Children run away or are forced to leave home where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They find themselves living on the streets because there is nowhere else to go and no one left to turn to. The problems they face on the streets are often even worse than those they endured at home. 

Railway Children’s pioneering work enables them to get to street children before the streets get to them. You can read more about this brilliant charity on their website.

Last year, the charity’s ‘Sleepout’ was very popular, however, for obvious reasons it wasn’t possible to repeat the event this year, and therefore, the equally successful ‘Sleep In’ was launched. 

Help us make a difference

Changing the format of the event meant the whole family was able to join in and give up the comfort of their usual beds for one night, by sleeping in whatever temporary camp they set up at home. Many of our colleagues built dens in their living rooms which you can see on our Instagram page.  

We set ourselves an ambitious target of £500 to raise for Railway Children. We recognise the impact the past year has had on everyone, including charities, and we would love to be able to help them make a difference! 

We haven’t reached our target yet and are grateful for every single donation, no matter how big or small! Our JustGiving page is still live and if you would like to donate, you can do so here.

Thank you to everyone for your generosity!

The charity Railway Children is incredibly important to the Advance TRS team, especially to our founder and Group MD Andy Ridout, who has seen first-hand the work the charity does on the streets in Africa and Nepal. 

Rail Aid

This year Railway Children have launched the Rail Aid mission, bringing the best of the UK rail community together to raise money and to support children around the world who have been struggling with the impacts of COVID. 

The UK lockdown has forced children to stay in homes where they didn’t feel safe, without the escape and protection of school. The extra stress placed on families already at breaking point has in many cases left young people even more vulnerable to grooming, exploitation by drugs gangs and mental health trauma. 

In India, millions of families have lost jobs, income and homes due to the pandemic, often leaving people to fear starvation more than the virus itself. Desperation has forced millions of children into child labour and marriage while others are simply being abandoned, left to traffickers and exploitation.

In Tanzania, children living in abject poverty relied on the one meal a day they got at school. When schools closed many headed to the streets to beg and scrounge for food, only to be subjected to brutal police round-ups and violence without access to food, water, sanitation or safety.

Rail Aid will send money directly to the communities most in need, using the established Railway Children network to support the most vulnerable children across the world to access help, food and support. 

Advance TRS Fundraising

Since establishing in 2011, giving back to those less fortunate and advancing others has been a central motivator for Andy and the growing Advance TRS team. Having personally championed Railway Children at different industry events for several years, he doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to help the charity make a difference, especially during these difficult times.

This year, more than ever physical activity has been essential to keep mind and body strong and healthy so the team is combining physical activity with fundraising to support Railway Children’s Rail Aid Campaign. 

Andy is leading the Advance TRS team in completing a virtual ‘triathlon’ of sorts to raise money for this fantastic charity. The team aims to cover as much ground as possible by walking, running, cycling or even doing HIIT workouts, all whilst staying safe and adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

Each team member is recording themselves in their activity which will be collated for what should make for a very entertaining video at the end of the month. (Watch this space!)


Please support the team to keep on moving this November by donating to our JustGiving fundraising page which you can access here. All donations for this amazing cause are greatly appreciated.

You are probably familiar with the annual event, Movember which involves the growing of moustaches during November to raise awareness of health issues men face, such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Another focus of the movement is on mental health and suicide prevention.

Whilst working more remotely this year our team members have taken up the challenge and been growing tashes themselves – more or less successfully to raise money for the Movember Foundation. 

To support the Advance TRS Mo Bros, we have set up our Movember fundraising page which you can access here. We think this is a brilliant cause and all donations are greatly appreciated. 

Money raised during Movember is put towards increasing early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reducing the number of preventable deaths. The Movember Foundation highlights the need for men to be aware of family history of cancer, adopt a healthier lifestyle and it encourages annual check-ups.

Follow our fundraising activities on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and take a look at our Advance Advice on Mental Health for further information.