A group of fundraisers have really pulled out all the stops.

The Tywyn Friends of Tŷ Gobaith and Talyllyn Mountain Railway went full steam ahead for our hospices on Friday with a tasty event.

The group hosted their popular Steam & BBQ event with a six carriage scenic ride from Wharf station to Abergynolwyn for some live entertainment and food.

Some of the Tywyn Friends of Tŷ Gobaith group before the off

Big crowd

110 people enjoyed the trip on the line’s original loco Dolgoch as well as a raffle that included prizes such as a two night stay in a shepherd’s hut, golf lessons, Sunday lunch vouchers, house clean and a first class trip and cream tea on the railway.

The evening raised a stunning £2,564.

After the seven mile outward trip, guests enjoyed live music from Tywyn’s own Totaleigh who created a great atmosphere with their sounds and there was a delicious BBQ of burgers and hot dogs in the station café.

Carl Peach was chef for the evening

A great evening

The train is kindly gifted to the Friends group by Chairman of the Railway, David Ventry and driver Mike Davies, fireman Chris Parrott and station controller Ian Drummond all volunteered their services.

Mike Davies, Ian Drummond Chris Parrott

Good spirits

Tŷ Gobaith’s Gwynedd area fundraiser, Jenny Roberts, said: “Despite a bit of rain it was a fantastic evening with everybody in good spirits on this beautiful trip.

“Friends groups like the one in Tywyn are so vital to our hospice not only in the funds they raise but in spreading awareness of our work in the community. We are very grateful to Anita and the rest of the group.

“Every penny raised will help us continue on our mission to reach every family and child in North and Mid Wales that can benefit from our care, respite and counselling services.”

Anita Inman of the Tywyn Friends presents the cheque at Ty Gobaith