Hartlepool charity Narco was the first organisation to benefit from a new community rewards scheme run by Grand Central Rail.
The train firm is launching Grand Gestures, a scheme along its routes to support communities across the North East and Yorkshire.
The Grand Gestures scheme will reward local charities, community groups and regional initiatives nominated by Grand Central stakeholders and key regional media figures for positively impacting on the lives of others in the local community.
From train tickets to London to admission into attractions, a Grand Gesture is designed to recognise and support the hard work that goes on in the local communities that Grand Central operate in.
The first Grand Gesture saw a group of young people from Narco, a crime reduction charity dedicated to reducing reoffending, being treated by Grand Central to a trip to London in order to experience life outside the North East.
Sean English, chief operating officer at Grand Central, said: “We are excited to launch our Grand Gestures scheme to help support local communities along our routes.
“From charities in Bradford to community groups in Sunderland, we are working with partners and friends of Grand Central to identify local causes in need of a boost in order to make them ‘feel grand’ and are pleased to be able to support Narco, which was recommended by a member of our staff.”
Hannah Sutherst of Narco Hartlepool said: “The Grand Gesture scheme has been fantastic in helping us organise a trip for members of Narco to be able to visit London and see some of the attractions, some of whom have never left Hartlepool.
“We receive no Government funding, so it’s amazing to see a regional business give back to the community and support the region in such a way.”
Grand Central will work with partners and stakeholders to select a range of organisations and individuals across their regions for Grand Gestures throughout 2015.