IT’S full steam ahead for a Fylde coast rotary club as they strive to find a children’s favourite a new home.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a special friend of the Rotary Club of Poulton and has made several appearances at charity events across the Fylde coast.
The club has owned the car sized replica for the last four years and have always stored it in a garage when it is not in use.
But last year, Marie Latham, who looked after Thomas for the club, sadly died, and now everyone’s favourite steam train is in need of a new home.
Rotary member Dave Hutchinson said: “We are a bit stuck really because we need somewhere to store him so he doesn’t get damaged.
“He is about the size of a mini and sits on a trailer so would probably need an empty garage or a car port if any kind resident has one we could use. Thomas has been a great fund-raiser for us over the years, we take him out to schools and he makes an annual appearance at Poulton Gala, so we can’t have him looking rusty.
“We only really use him for two or three months in the summer so we would need someone with space for most of the year, especially with our weather.”
In December, Thomas teamed up with Father Christmas to meet some of the disabled and seriously ill youngsters who use Brian House Children’s Hospice.
Club vice-president Roger Critchley added: “He does cheer people up and we don’t want to lose him because we can’t store him anywhere.
“The garage which was his home was slightly taller than your usual garage because Thomas isn’t the standard height of a car, he has a funnel. We have been looking for a new home since our neighbour passed away but so far have had no luck.”
If you think you can help, contact Dave Hutchinson on (01253) 859200.