Own a piece of Virgin Trains history

If you’ve always wanted to own a piece of Virgin Trains history, now’s your chance. 

The train company is auctioning off some of its Pendolino nameplates to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust.

The name plates up for auction are: City of Birmingham, City of Stoke-on-Trent, City of Preston, City of Liverpool, Stephen Sutton, Virgin Hero, Virgin Invader, Virgin King, Virgin Glory, The Cumbrian Spirit and Virgin Venturer. To be in with a chance of owning one of them, you can send a sealed bid to nameplates@virgintrains.co.uk

Eagerly sought after items of railway memorabilia, the name plates are expected to raise around £15,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Virgin Trains also presented Jane Sutton, mother of Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador Stephen Sutton, with an original name plate bearing his name. Stephen Sutton made headlines back in 2013 with his bucket list of 46 “weird and wonderful” things he wanted to achieve after receiving the news that his cancer was incurable. Sadly, Stephen died in 2014 but his family has continued to fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust, aiming to raise £6 million in total.

“It’s been a huge honour for one of Virgin Trains’ Pendolinos to carry Stephen’s name,” Jane said. “I really enjoy seeing people’s photos that they post on Stephen’s Facebook page when they have spotted the train on their travels on the west coast route.

“It is incredibly generous of Virgin Trains to gift me one of the original cast-iron nameplates and to auction off a further 11, with the proceeds being donated to Teenage Cancer Trust. This will significantly boost Stephen’s fundraising total towards the £6 million target that I would like to reach this year.”

Send your sealed bid for one of the name plates to nameplates@virgintrains.co.uk now. The auction closes at 17:00 (BST) on Friday September 6th. Winners will be notified by email.


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