Westbury rail fete fun boosts Macmillan Cancer Support

This Is Wiltshire: Naomi Jordan, Jason Pym, driver Samuel Pym, aged 10, and pasengers Koel Vowles and Sienna Jones on the Pyms' 0-6-0 gauge electric model diesel engine at summer fete at Westbury in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture by Glenn Phillips Naomi Jordan, Jason Pym, driver Samuel Pym, aged 10, and pasengers Koel Vowles and Sienna Jones on the Pyms' 0-6-0 gauge electric model diesel engine at summer fete at Westbury in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Westbury train crew depot and station’s first summer fair on Saturday not only brought First Great Western staff together, but also raised £1,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The day included skittles, splat the rat, throwing wet sponges at the managers in the stocks, face painting and cake stalls. A disco in the evening bought the eventful day to an end.

British Transport Police was also present, marking bikes, phones and laptops in a bid to crack down on theft, and children were able to sit in the police cars.

FGW driver manager Sally Wiltshire came up with the idea two months ago to try and get the staff together to have fun and raise some money.

She said: “We decided Macmillan Cancer Support because a lot of people know people that have affected by cancer. Certainly as a depot we have people who have been affected by it.

“Myself and one of the train drivers went round local businesses in Westbury, Warminster, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Frome, who were massively supportive and allowed us to have amazing raffle prizes.”

The top prize was a day on a barge at Hilperton for ten people and other prizes included a large blow up pool and hairdressing and restaurant vouchers.

Ms Wiltshire added: “We originally advertised the event internally and invited friends and family, but it is right opposite the station so the general public turned up on the day.

“It was really good for the depot as a whole and members of the public got to see inside and see what we do.

“We definitely plan to do it next year. We now know what works and what doesn’t.”

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