TransPennine Express hits the right notes with Eurovision grant to St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School

TO CELEBRATE this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and inspire the next generation of musicians, TransPennine Express (TPE) has awarded a musical grant to St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School, Stalybridge.

The £750 grant, which will come as music to the ears of both children and teachers at the Millbrook school will be used to purchase musical instruments and equipment for lessons and extra-curricular activities.

TPE has awarded a total of five grants to schools in the north, in communities that TPE serves as it looks to get children in the rhythm before the Eurovision Song Contest begins.

The grants were awarded as the UK celebrates hosting the famous competition for the first time in 25 years.

Street artist, Akse, creates an image of Sam Ryder for TransPennine Express and their Euro Vision Song Contest celebrations on a mural at Manchester Airport train station. Picture: Jason LockFurther supplied by TPE 

Daniel Fox, community manager at TPE, said: “We’re committed to the communities we serve and recognise the part we play in helping them grow.

We help people travel from a to b, whether for work or leisure, visiting attractions or reuniting friends or family but we want to make sure our positive impact extends beyond the station doors, and we love to support our local areas, doing our bit to help them thrive.

“We hope that the grant to St Raphael’s has struck all the right chords and that we inspire the children to become a future Eurovision Song Contest hopeful.”

Mrs Lynn Lakner, the headteacher at St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School in Stalybridge, said: “It is great that TPE are giving this musical grant to St Raphael’s.

The children love music and the grant will enable us to purchase more musical instruments for the children to play and increase their musical skills.

It’s exciting that Eurovision is being held in the UK and that projects like this are supporting musicians of the future.”

TPE, who provide direct services into Liverpool Lime Street from key cities across the North and in Scotland has recently wrapped a train in Eurovision livery and installed ‘Eurovision Song Zones’ at some of its stations across the network for local artists and musicians to show off their talents and entertain passengers waiting on the platform.

The train company also installed a mural of Eurovision legend Sam Ryder at Manchester Airport Station that was spray painted by Northern based artist Akse.

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One Reply to “TransPennine Express hits the right notes with Eurovision grant to St Raphael’s Catholic Primary School”

  1. Hope they get the grant following the announcement that TPE has lost its contract from the end of May.

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