Festive journey is a treat for children and young people in care, vulnerable families and foster children in Nottingham.

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More than 250 children and their parents and carers will board a special train at Nottingham Station for a journey with a difference.

An inter-city train called the “Round Robin” has been laid on especially by East Midlands Trains on 21 November and will take the group on a two-hour trip from Nottingham to Sheffield and back via the scenic Derwent Valley.

Whilst on board, the children and young people, whose ages range from six months to 17 years, will be treated to an enjoyable selection of age-related games, activities, carol singing and competitions which will keep them all entertained. Many on board will simply benefit from some chill out time in a safe, sociable and welcoming environment and for the carers it’s a chance to relax and share the fun.

The highlight of the journey will include meeting Santa and every child will also receive a small gift, provided by East Midlands Trains which has been specially selected for them.

Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Early Intervention and Early Years, said: “At this time of year many of us think about the warmth, love and security that family can give us. Some of us are reminded of the people in our communities who for different reasons have not experienced Christmas as a happy time of year.

“We are proud to be working closely with East Midlands Trains again this year to give disadvantaged and vulnerable children a wonderful personal experience and recognise the outstanding work done by Nottingham City Council carers, foster families and staff who look after the children in our care.”

This is the second year that Nottingham City Council has teamed up with East Midlands Trains to give something back to the local community. On board the special service, a small range of festive snacks and drinks will be provided by East Midlands Trains.

Clive Yates, Customer Experience Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “Last year’s event was so amazing we simply had to be involved again. We are delighted to be able to create a great Christmas experience for these local children.

“Many members of staff have been involved behind the scenes this year, with more than two hundred additional gifts donated by staff across the network. We hope the children and their carers have a fantastic time.”

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