A special tram trip through Nottingham has helped NET and light rail enthusiasts raise funds for two worthy causes.
Taking in rarely used sections of the city’s tram, the one-off tour also included a visit to NET’s Wilkinson Street depot.
Around 40 people paid £30 each for a ticket on the ‘special’ tram, raising £1,200 for Crich Tramway Village
and Forever Stars
, one of the charities supported by tram employees. The money from tickets was then matched by NET operators Keolis, bringing the total raised to £2,400.
The trip was organised by NET tram driver Dan Patterson who, together with five of his NET colleagues, is also a volunteer at Derbyshire’s world-famous Crich Tramway Village. He explained that the tour presented a rare opportunity for enthusiasts to get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the popular network operates.
“For many enthusiasts, the chance to ride a tram on sections of the track that are only used for turning or service access can be a really exciting prospect,” he said.
“Of course, a guided tour of the depot was also a huge draw and we were delighted at the number of people who bought tickets, and everyone who took part really enjoyed this unique experience.”
Representatives of Forever Stars, a charity supporting the bereaved parents of stillborn babies, and from Crich recently visited the depot to collect the money raised on the day.
Jo Sharp of Forever Stars commented: “It’s always fantastic to receive local support, and this was made even greater by the fund matching from NET, which has always been a great corporate supporter of Forever Stars. These funds will make a huge difference to the work Forever Stars can carry out.
Amanda Blair, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Crich Tramway Village, added: “We’re extremely grateful to Dan and all those who helped to organise the day out. We also appreciate the support and matched contribution from NET.
“It’s fantastic that young tram drivers from NET are also volunteers at Crich Tramway Village, as they bring energy, enthusiasm and skills which help us to best serve our visitors.”