Today, Tuesday 11 December, George Moore, a patient at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, unveiled the ‘Choo Choo Express’ after winning a competition to name his very own special festive Chiltern Railways train.
Two-year-old George, who was treated at the hospital for croup and infected tonsils, beat off stiff competition to be announced winner of the exclusive children’s hospital competition.
After much anticipation, the family finally saw George’s design brought to life for the first time today. His mum, Fay, 32, commented: “It was such a special moment to see George’s Choo Choo Express design on the side of the train. George’s eyes lit up and he was just so excited. We’re so proud of him, this train is going to be seen by thousands as it travels across the country and George just loves trains so seeing his design was the perfect prize. We hope that this will be a memory he holds close to him for the rest of his life.
“We have been in Birmingham Children’s Hospital a lot over the past few weeks, with two visits to A&E with George for croup and infected tonsils as well as a stint on the High Dependency Unit for our daughter, Betty, who had pneumonia and bronchiolitis. It’s been a tough month but hopefully we’re all on the mend and can enjoy Christmas at home.”
Alan Riley, Customer Services Director at Chiltern Railways, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the children’s hospital with our special Christmas train this year following the success of last year’s Santa Train. Christmas is about giving, so we are pleased to be able to give this opportunity to George and his family and help them create festive memories at what must be a difficult time for them.”
Serena Daw, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “This year our Moments of Magic Christmas campaign is all about bringing magical moments to our patients and families and helping ensure their hospital experience is the best it possibly can be.
“We’re so grateful to Chiltern Railways for deciding to support our patients and families in this way by giving such a unique experience to George and his family.”
The Choo Choo Express, which it has now been formerly nicknamed, departed for its scheduled ride from Moor Street Station to Marylebone today. It will be in service for the entire month of December. If you spot it on your commute or festive travels, take a picture and tag in @bham_childrens and @chilternrailway.