Train fleet to spread Poppy Appeal message

Caption: Royal British Legion County Vice-Chairman Richard Southern (right) and First Transpennine (FTPE) Fleet Director Paul Staples applying a poppy to a FTPE train.

Caption: Royal British Legion County Vice-Chairman Richard Southern (right) and First Transpennine (FTPE) Fleet Director Paul Staples applying a poppy to a FTPE train.

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FIRST TransPennine Express is launching a fleet of Poppy Appeal trains that will travel through major cities and destinations across Lancashire and the the North to raise awareness of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

Representatives from the Legion joined the operator at its depot in Ardwick, Manchester, to launch one of the first of up to 65 Poppy Appeal trains into service.

They also got a behind-the-scenes tour.

The trains can be spotted travelling through many major destinations across the North of England, including: Barrow-in-Furness, Blackpool, Cleethorpes, Hull, the Lake District, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Preston, Scarborough, Sheffield and York.

Paul Staples, Fleet Director at First TransPennine Express, said: “Applying poppies to our trains is a great way for us to show our support for the Poppy Appeal.

“It raises awareness of the iconic symbol across the North of England in recognition of the great work the Legion does to support veterans and the Armed Forces.

“We will also have poppy boxes and collections at the majority of our stations too, .” he added.

Danielle Neighbour, Community Fundraising Manager – North East at the Royal British Legion said: “We are so thankful to First Transpennine Express for supporting the Royal British Legion and the 2015 Poppy Appeal.

“The money raised goes to the Royal British Legion’s work providing support for anyone currently serving in the British Armed Forces, anyone who has previously served, and their families.

“The poppy is a powerful symbol which is one to commemorate the sacrifices of our Armed Forces and to show support for those still serving today and their loved ones.”