Swanage mayor’s donation sees families enjoy trip on the Polar Express

TICKETS donated by mayor of Swanage Tina Foster saw two families enjoy a festive trip on the train.

The families took a morning trip on the Polar Express steam train, which runs from Swanage Railway Station to the ‘North Pole’, operated by Swanage Railway.

The tickets were donated by the mayor, who chose Lewis-Manning Hospice Care as her Christmas charity.

Hospice family support and bereavement lead, Jo Sharkey, said: “Thanks to the mayor’s generosity we were able to treat two very grateful families to this magical trip. Families that during 2023 have accessed our family bereavement counselling service.”

Jo said it was a “wonderful and enjoyable experience”, as well as an opportunity for the children to have fun.

“The trip comprised an hour-long journey during which actors appeared as characters from the book and film of The Polar Express,” Jo went on.

“There was never a dull moment as we were entertained with singing, dancing and actors interacting with all the guests on the train.

“We were treated to a delicious hot chocolate drink and a Polar Express cookie and on returning to Swanage, Father Christmas presented the children with a special gift. We were brilliantly entertained and spoiled.”

The children said: “We loved it, it was great fun and very exciting. Thank you to the mayor for making this possible for us to enjoy.”

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Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is a charity providing care to patients and their loved ones facing a life-limiting illness across East Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Purbeck and west Hampshire.

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