Bid for two first class rail tickets in aid of Keenor Appeal

Are you planning a trip to London perhaps to watch The Olympics, a West End Show or sporting event or perhaps just want to trawl the shops?Then why not travel in style?

The Fred Keenor Statue Appeal is inviting bids for two open first class rail tickets between Cardiff and London Paddington.

The tickets have been kindly donated to the Fred Keenor Statue Appeal by Cardiff West Assembly Member Mark Drakeford and Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan who were given the tickets for the use of a good cause.

The open tickets can be used even at peak time to travel to London. Flexible first class peak tickets like these can cost up to £300 each, depending on the time you travel.

There is an opening reserve of just £50 for the two tickets. Bids, including your details, should be made to and the highest bidder will be notified if their bid has been beaten who can then increase it, if they wish. This will happen on the same day as they make the bid. Bids have to rise at £5 a time.

Bids are invited from 9am on Saturday, June 16th, and close at 9am on Saturday, June 30th. Payment must be made within seven days of the closing date or the next highest bidder will be offered the tickets.

David Craig, project manager for the Keenor appeal, said: “We have reached our initial target of £85,000 for the cost of the statue. But we still need to meet some additional costs, including the cost of two plaques on the statue and the sale of the tickets will help us towards meeting those costs.

“We’d like to thank Mark Drakeford and Kevin Brennan for their fantastic support for the appeal which is really appreciated.”

First class passengers on First Great Western get:

·         reclining, spacious leather seats

·         quiet, relaxed atmosphere

·         tables at every seat, with power sockets for your laptop or mobile phone

·         room to work or relax

·         at-seat service from one of our Customer Hosts on many journeys

·         complimentary refreshments throughout your journey

·         a selection of products from our Express Café that you can buy at your seat

·         complimentary newspaper

·         exclusive access to First Class Lounges at London Paddington and Cardiff Central.

Note to bidders: Please note all trains have first class accommodation and it is the responsibility of the passenger to check this before boarding their train.