BIG BUS & TRAIN BASH boosts funds for heroes

Our BIG BUS & TRAIN BASH - a spectacular show of vintage road and rail transport has helped to raise more than £1,250 for Help for Heroes.

Organised by a team of volunteers here at trentbarton, the BIG BUS & TRAIN BASH attracted hundreds of visitors to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth in Derbyshire.

As part of the event, Wirksworth Station was also home to a wide range of attractions including fairground rides, market stalls and a live stage with local bands, including James MacDonald, our indigo driver and X-Factor 2013 star, as well as the entertaining Glamstar, renowned local band Lucille and the acclaimed Top Brass ensemble.

Many of the stalls sold local foods and craft products, whilst others aimed to raise cash for local charities and community groups.

Our customer service team volunteered their services and reprised their role as the zigzag girls, raising money via a raffle and selling off trentbarton memorabilia, including model buses of the sixes and trentbarton 100 especially crafted by a local collector Daryl Hempson, who kindly donated three unique models for the day.

Visitors also had the chance to enjoy rides on free vintage buses to Carsington Water and historic steam and diesel trains, which provided plenty of shelter from a some of the rainy weather we experienced on the day.

Alex Hornby, our Marketing and Communications Director, explained: “The weather didn’t spoil the fun for the many visitors who travelled from all over the region to enjoy a unique celebration of vintage road and rail transport. “The event also provided the ideal opportunity to raise money for our adopted charity for 2014, Help for Heroes.”

Paula Allen from the charity added: “We are really grateful to trentbarton for their support this year, and to everyone who visited Wirksworth Station for the event. Fundraising events such as this go a long way towards our efforts to support brave servicemen and women who have been injured serving their country.”

Check out the video footage from the day

Big Bash Video