Mike and Steve have over 40 years of railway experience between them. Mike started as a Salisbury co-driver in 1974 and moved to Old Oak Common, London in 1975, before returning to Salisbury in 1978, where he was promoted to full driver 10 years later. Steve, who has been involved in the transport industry for many years, started on the railways in 2001 as a guard and is now a station announcer.
The book, West from Salisbury, is a wonderful collection of stories and photographs from dozens of railway workers and passengers, past and present, from the first ever woman train driver, to personal anecdotes from firemen, guards and signalmen. It even covers the couple who met and fell in love on the railway.
Steve Chislett said: "This book is a celebration of 150 years of railway services between Salisbury and Gillingham and is a tribute to those who have spent so much of their lives ensuring that they give the best they can to people who rely on the railway."
Mike Pearce said: "We wanted all the profits of the book to go to charity, so we asked all the contributors of the book who they would like to support. The Stars Appeal's Caring 4 Kids Campaign was a clear winner and Steve and I were thrilled with this. The book was made possible thanks to the support of local people and now local children in hospital will benefit from the proceeds."
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Coordinator for the Stars Appeal said: "This book provides a fantastic trip down memory lane for so many people, and is a fascinating insight into life on the railway. We are very grateful to Steve, Mike and all the contributors for their hard work."
Miss Paye added: "We are selling a limited amount of signed copies at our Bookstall in the Main Reception of the Hospital. Alternatively, people can buy copies from the Customer Assistance Office on Platform 4 at Salisbury Railway Station, Wilton Road Post Office or Cross Keys Bookshop." ENDS
Notes to Editors
The Stars Appeal raises money to create the best possible experience for the 300,000 people who rely on Salisbury District Hospital. It funds extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS. The Appeal benefits all wards and departments. It also raises money for major projects. Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded two major projects, including providing special treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies and creating a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite.
The Caring 4 Kids Campaign aims to raise £1 million to help fund a new children's unit at Salisbury District Hospital. This will benefit over 6,000 children from across Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire each year. The new Unit will cost £4 million in total, with the Caring 4 Kids Campaign covering the cost of extra facilities and equipment. These include 'home from home' rooms for children with cancer and cystic fibrosis who regularly spend long periods in hospital; indoor and outdoor play, therapy and assessment areas; multi-sensory equipment for disabled children and dedicated parent's accommodation where families can stay close to their child.
For further information please contact:
Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005. www.starsappeal.org firstname.lastname@example.org