An ex-serviceman was helped by volunteers and armed forces veterans as he pulled an entire tram along a section of track in an effort to raise awareness for the local charity he founded.
Rick Harrington, who served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 11 years, was joined by representatives from Forces in the Community as he hauled one of the 39-ton vehicles along the tracks at the NET’s Wilkinson Street depot.
Rick is the founder of Beeston-based Forces in the Community, a charity dedicated to helping ex-service personnel and their families with employment guidance, housing advice and mental health support.
A number of distinguished guests including the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Saghir, and the Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Graham Harvey, were in attendance to support the effort and even helped to pull the tram.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, NET’s Assistant Marketing Manager, explained: “With a number of former service personnel working across the tram network, NET has always maintained close links with the armed forces and we’re delighted to help support a local charity that does so much to help veterans and their families.
“Fittingly, we arranged for tram number 228 to be pulled along the tracks, which is dedicated to Nottingham’s local armed forces heroes.”
The tram pull is the latest in a series of challenges Rick he has set himself ahead of his 50th birthday in October, after already abseiling down the tallest building in Derby earlier this year in an effort to boost awareness of the charity.
He explained: “Forces in the Community has supported over 500 local veterans and their families since the opening of our Beeston Centre in 2013. We help deal with unemployment, homelessness and mental health problems on a daily basis.
“The recent addition of extended tram lines to the local transport infrastructure has benefitted many of the people we support, particularly those with mobility issues.
“We’re very grateful to NET for helping us put on this event which highlights how local organisations can ‘pull’ together to support the community.”
Following Rick’s tram pull, volunteers from Forces in the Community boarded trams to travel across the city’s network to ask for charitable donations from passengers.
To find out more on how to help support Forces in the Community, please visit http://forces.org.uk/