Cement works staff get on board to help society build project for Worden Park’s mini railway

CEMEX staff Jenny Deacon, Cath Livesey, Paul Craven, Darren Hughes and Dave Martin with train driver Adrian Hinchcliffe
CEMEX staff Jenny Deacon, Cath Livesey, Paul Craven, Darren Hughes and Dave Martin with train driver Adrian Hinchcliffe
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A mum who has been visiting Worden Park’s mini railway since she was a child encouraged her work colleagues to get on board last week.

Cath Livesey, who works for cement supplier CEMEX, joined four of her co-workers to get their hands dirty in a bid to help the Leyland Society of Model Engineers.

The volunteers helped to move part of the existing track and build a new turntable for a special carriage for wheelchair-users on Tuesday.

The group was taking part in the company’s ‘Lendahand’ scheme, where each member of staff is allowed paid time out of the office to help with a charity in their community.

Cath, who lives in Leyland and works as a sales rep, said: “All the family has been going to Worden Park for years, and it’s the mini railway’s 60th anniversary this year, so it seemed like a good idea to help out.

“We delivered the concrete to the site and laid the foundations - it was really hard work!

“I’ve got a lot of admiration for builders now, and I’ve got muscles in my arms I didn’t know I had. I also got to drive the train, which was a lot of fun. I was worried I was going to tip it over though because it was really difficult working the gears.”

The Leyland Society of Model Engineers received a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All last year, which is being put towards the platform extension and some new carriages, so that even more people can enjoy the facilities.