Hartlepool model railway exhibition raises hundreds for charities

One of the model railway layouts at the Hartlepool Model Railway Show that was held at the College of Further Education.
One of the model railway layouts at the Hartlepool Model Railway Show that was held at the College of Further Education.
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A model railway exhibition which attracted hundreds of people to Hartlepool has raised £1,000 for charity.

Two causes - Hartlepool & District Hospice and the Great North Air Ambulance - will benefit from money raised at the Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition.

One of the model railway layouts at the Hartlepool Model Railway Show that was held at the College of Further Education.

One of the model railway layouts at the Hartlepool Model Railway Show that was held at the College of Further Education.

The event was held over two days at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.

The event was organised by a group of around nine volunteers called the Hartlepool Model Rail Group in partnership with the national publication Hornby Magazine. Co-organiser Paul Appleton said: “The attendance was very similar to last year.

“The actual profit on the door, after donations and proceeds from the raffle, is just over £1,000 to share between the charities.

“The show was a success with lots of good feedback and we feel as though we have a good base now to move forward.”

Organisers put on 25 layouts in all scales at the event which ran for two days last month The numbers in attendance were around the same as the previous year and enthusiasts got to see everything from fully-operating model railway layouts to 60 displays including trade stalls selling everything from glue to working locomotives, and experts on hand to explain how make kits.

Displays came from Caernarvon in North Wales as well as Manchester, Leeds, Hull and from throughout the North East. The railway exhibition, which involves Hornby, has become an annual attraction in Hartlepool and has run for more than 10 years.

Hartlepool & District Hospice is based in Wells Avenue. The cost of providing the current range of services is £2.3m.

The hospice receives 24 per cent NHS funding. That means the outstanding £1.7m must be raised through the local community as well as other fundraising initiatives.

It is a registered charity offering specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults.

The Great North Air Ambulance is an air ambulance charity serving Cumbria, the North East and North Yorkshire every day of the year. Organisers need to raise £4.5m a year to keep its three helicopters flying.