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02 February 2017

David GrahamA train driver hailed as a hero for preventing disaster by bringing his loco to a safe halt despite suffering a serious heart attack at the controls has raised £10,000 for two charities. David Graham, 53, who lives in Childwall, Liverpool, and works for TransPennine Express, would have died had it not been for the prompt actions of a hen party of nurses on board his train and then of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


A seven-strong team of drivers and guards from Virgin Trains, Northern Rail and TPE, all based at Liverpool Lime Street, took part in a 63 hour charity train journey across Europe to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. David, with Paul Fletcher, Stephen Gamble, Andrew Iles, Stephen Walker, Stephen Ward and Marc Wood travelled from Lime Street to Paris, Munich, Venice, Milan, Zurich, Basel, Berlin, Cologne and Brussels.


David nursesDavid was working the 9.48am service from Scarborough to Liverpool when he suffered severe chest pains, and later lost consciousness, on a remote stretch of track near Malton in North Yorkshire in 2012. He managed to bring his train to a halt safely, after which the guard on board raised the alarm. Nurses from the Royal Preston Hospital returning from a hen party treated him on the floor of his cab before the air ambulance took him to Hull Royal Infirmary.


‘I will be forever grateful to both charities for the part they played in both my rescue and recovery,’ said David. ‘And I want to thank all those who kindly donated to our challenge in support of these two very worthy causes.’

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