2020 has been a tough year all round, but after being on the receiving end of numerous generous donations this year, North Yorkshire Moors Railway has decided to pay it forward and has donated over 300 gifts to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

The toys will be shared out amongst the babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions that the Hospice works hard to support and care for, 365 days a year.

Emily Sharman, Regional Fundraiser at Martin House comments: “Current forecasts show that over the next 12 months we expect to lose almost a third of our fundraised income, over £2.2million, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ve had to cancel events, close our shops, and of course our community and business activity has stalled.

“Which is why we really appreciate the NYMR’s support, especially at such a difficult time for everyone. We extend a huge and truly heartfelt thank you for the donations - we can’t wait to give them to the children.”

Chris Price, General Manager at NYMR added: “After the generosity others have shown towards the NYMR this year, we wanted to pay that kindness forward in some way.

“Earlier this year our future looked so uncertain, we didn’t know if we’d make it through to 2021 but after donations from our incredible supporters, and the recent Culture Recovery Fund grant, we’re in a much stronger position than we thought possible.

“We’re achingly aware that other charities are still crying out for support, and the work that Martin House does to support families in the region, who are going through an incredibly difficult time, is so invaluable. Tis the season of goodwill after all.”

For more information about Martin House Hospice or to make a donation, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk/Donate