Rail staff step out for hospital fund-raiser

Some of the members of staff at St Helens Central Station who are to walk the Wirrall Way to raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Some of the members of staff at St Helens Central Station who are to walk the Wirrall Way to raise money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital
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A group of guards from St Helens Central Railway Station are set to take on a charity challenge in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Nine members of station staff are limbering up for a 12-mile walk along the Wirral Way on December 1 from West Kirby, near Hoylake, to Hooton, near Ellesmere Port.

The challenge is already being dubbed “George’s Walk” in honour of a regular rail passenger who refers to all the Shaw Street station’s guards as “George” - regardless of their real names!

Event organiser Malcolm Campbell said: “We were all just sat there doing what we do when we thought ‘why don’t we do something nice for the kids this Christmas?’

“We rarely get the chance to do anything together because of our shift patterns but our bosses have given us permission to do this.

“We’re hoping to raise as much money as possible for the kids in Alder Hey in time for Christmas and have put a collection tin in the station for anyone who wants to donate.”

He added: “All the guards hail from St Helens, Liverpool and Huyton but we chose this route because it has quite a lot to do with the railway. There’s no cop-out either - you either complete it or you don’t!

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes us. Some of the guards are as young as 22, while others are in their 60s. We’re just aiming to start together and finish together.”