Silver steam journey

Martin House Hospice patient Alfie Oliver (3 years) and his parents Rob & Tracey  and Fundraiser Alison Wragge (left) launch the Northern Belle  Event at the National Rail Museum in York
Martin House Hospice patient Alfie Oliver (3 years) and his parents Rob & Tracey and Fundraiser Alison Wragge (left) launch the Northern Belle Event at the National Rail Museum in York

IT’S full steam ahead for the 25th anniversary of Martin House Hospice.

The Boston Spa-based children’s hospice is organising a trip on the luxurious Northern Belle, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, on June 30 next year to mark their birthday.

Alison Wragg, fundraiser for Martin House, explained: “Since opening our doors in 1987 we have supported some 2000 families.

“We hope the Orient Express - Northern Belle experience will help us to raise much needed funds, which will go towards our annual current running costs, which are currently £4.5m.”

The grand day out to historic Bath, will provide passengers with the opportunity to enter a bygone world of cosseted luxury.

Included on the outbound journey is a three-course brunch accompanied by a Bellini cocktail - which originated in Venice.

After sightseeing, the return journey includes a four-course dinner with champagne and wine.

Parents Rob and Tracey Oliver and their three-year-old son Alfie are regular visitors to Martin House.

Alfie, who lives in York, was born with a heart disorder and pulmonary hypertension and is currently on a waiting list for a double heart and lung transplant.

Tracey said: “The work Martin House does is fantastic and Alfie, who loves trains, was really excited when he heard we were going to visit the York Railway Museum to help raise awareness of the hospice’s anniversary.”

To book a place on the Martin House, Northern Belle Anniversary (£325 per person) phone 01937 844569 or email:luxurytrain@martinhouse.org.uk