Railway Children was invited to take part in The Big Rail Diversity Challenge recently that drew a crowd of 500 people from across the rail industry. Described as a cross between ‘It’s a Knockout’ and the ‘Krypton Factor’ the full day event gave participants the chance to network, team build and fundraise through a series of different challenges. Whether they were tackling a giant obstacle course, beating the clock in an escape challenge or taking part in a Zumba class, all the events were designed to push the men and women taking part out of the comfort zone of their traditional roles.

Hidden talents and designs in mind

This year Railway Children was delighted to be invited back, having had a great success with our shelter building challenge in the past, and came up with a new activity, the Railway Children Street Art Challenge. Each team was armed with brightly coloured spray paints and given a word to reproduce in a street art style and also asked to design a hashtag to add as their company signature. Every participant was fully absorbed in their graffiti challenge and some hidden talents emerged as teams helped us spell out our charity mission statement.

Winners crowned for top teamwork

We presented awards to the team that not only came up with the most creative design but also showed the best teamwork. Railway Children’s events manager Katie Mason said: “We were delighted to give the Railway Children Award to TSP Projects. Teamwork is really important for children living on the streets. They sleep together to keep warm and safe and they work together to find food. TSP Projects epitomised great teamwork and produced an impressive piece of art that really represented the work of the charity.

“We were delighted to be part of this fantastic event.  We couldn’t do what we do, and change the lives of the thousands of children we have helped, without the huge support we have from across the rail industry.”