Fundraising pair on right track

Badge of honour: Dave Ellis, of The Railway Children, with fundraisers Ian Morrish and Matt Dawson.

Badge of honour: Dave Ellis, of The Railway Children, with fundraisers Ian Morrish and Matt Dawson.

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TWO South Yorkshire rail staff have raised £500 for a charity which helps homeless youngsters by selling specially-made badges.

Matt Dawson, of Heeley, Sheffield, and Ian Morrish, of Balby, Doncaster, who are both train managers for East Midlands Trains and based in Sheffield, came up with the idea to have badges made when the company organised a special excursion train to Norfolk in the summer.

They had 250 of the enamel badges named and they have all been snapped up.

Profits from their fundraising were given to The Railway Children, a charity which works around the world to help children and young people living alone and at risk on the streets.

Ian said: “We sold the badges for £4 each and made £2 profit on each after production costs, totalling £500. We sold them to passengers and staff who work for East Midlands Trains.”

Matt added: “We sold out and have raised a fantastic amount - which is on top of £24,000 already been raised by East Midlands Trains for The Railway Children.”