Train driving auction raises hundreds for Red Nose Day

Friday, 24 March 2017

A Red Nose Day auction held on Twitter by train operator, Greater Anglia, has raised £627 for Comic Relief.

The company offered to make a rail enthusiast’s dream come true with a Train Driving Experience Day which includes a ride in a train cab, the opportunity to drive in a state-of-the-art train simulator, a Control Room tour and a goodie bag.

The highest bidder was Chris Porter, 31, a software developer from Cambridge, who clinched the prize at £627 as bidding became competitive in the last few minutes of the auction, which ended at noon today (24 March).

Chris hopes to take a cab ride to London and says: “The idea of having a cab ride has always appealed to me since I remember going to London on the train with my parents and seeing an episode of Great Train Journeys where Michael Portillo rode in a cab and I just thought I’d really like to do that one day. When I saw it on the website I couldn't miss that rare opportunity. I’m delighted to have won!”

Across the network Greater Anglia staff have been asking for donations, wearing their red noses, selling cakes to colleagues and dressing up on Red Nose Day, Friday 24 March, hoping to push the total raised for Comic Relief past the £1000 mark.