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29.01.20

Avanti West Coast model train set to be auctioned for children’s charity

To raise money for children’s charity, Action for Children, the very first Hornby Avanti West Coast Pendolino is set to be auctioned off and expected to rise hundreds of pounds.

Model train enthusiasts have their chance to bid for the Class 390 model Pendolino of a leading carriage and one trailer carriage, mounted on a wooden plinth, through an online auction on eBay.

The auction is currently live, with the opening price set a £249.99, and set to run until February 7, 2020.

The model sports the new livery which is being rolled out gradually on trains across the Avanti West Coast network and Hornby are taking pre-orders for the model versions, which are expected to be available from December 2020.

Action for Children, which provides mental health support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children across the UK, is the employee-chosen charity of Avanti West Coast’s co-owner FirstGroup and proceeds from the sale will go towards their partnership.

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The Class 390 model Pendolino being auctioned by Avanti West Coast
 

Richard Scott, Partnership and Strategy Director at Avanti West Coast, said: “This marks the start of Avanti West Coast’s partnership with this very worthy cause.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Action for Children and this fabulous auction will hopefully kick off lots of fundraising in the coming months.”

Ermelinda Ceci, Senior Corporate Development Executive, Action for Children, said: “We're so excited to be working with Avanti West Coast as part of our partnership with FirstGroup.

“Auctioning this incredible model train set will mean that our partnership, which supports young people on their journey to better mental health, will be able to help even more children have a safe and happy childhood.”

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