SiF's Favourite Charities

SiF's Favourite Charities

Sodor Island is showing support to a set of very worthy causes, and hoping you will too!

The Cristian Rivera Foundation

In January 2012, Solange Osorio left this touching message in our guestbook:


On January 22nd, 2007, 4-year-old Cristian was diagnosed with Pontine Glioma, which is an inoperable brain tumor located in the stem of the brain.

After the doctors examined Cristian and reviewed his MRI, we received the worst news of our lives. The tumor was inoperable and the average lifespan for a child with Pontine Glioma after diagnosis is 3 to 18 months.


Cristian fought his battle with Pontine Glioma for 2 years and a few days. Cristian's mother and father never gave up hope. They prayed that God would heal their beloved child. Cristian kept fighting against this form of cancer. He passed away on January 25, 2009, in the loving arms of his mother and father.


Cristian's story magnifies just how important the work of the Cristian Rivera Foundation truly is. That work is to find a cure for the inoperable Pontine Glioma brain stem tumor that ultimately claimed the life of Cristian Rivera. Cristian LOVED Thomas. He knew the name to every single engine. Everything THOMAS represents everything that Cristian stood for. I have been trying to get in contact with Christopher Awdry or anyone else that might be able to assist us in doing something to honour Cristian. It is so difficult to find anything related to Thomas on the internet. I came across your beautiful site and hope that you may be able to lead us in the right direction.


The loss of a child is something that no parent should ever have to endure, and the message left touched both Jim and myself so much that we wanted to do what we could to help by linking to The Cristian Rivera Foundation, in the hopes that it will raise awareness of Pontine Giloma brain tumours, and help them to raise money to find a cure.

Related Links

Cristian Rivera Foundation


Cristian Rivera on YouTube

SiF Charity Auction

Bid for these items and do your bit for charity!

In September of 2011, Sodor Island Fansite ran a special auction to honour the memory of Matthew Dawson - a member of our boards who passed away in August 2011 - to raise money for the Clic Sargent Children's Cancer Charity, in order to help more children battling with cancer and their families.

Matt suffered from the most aggressive form of Rhabdomyosarcoma – a cancer that affects the soft tissues and only affects about 50 children in the UK per year. However, despite this grueling challenge, he remained courageous and maintained a positive outlook and won a great deal of support on SiF throughout his time with us.

Up for grabs was a signed copy of Railway Series 42, and copies of The Rev Awdry's biography and Sodor: Reading Between The Lines.

The auction attracted much interest over the course of 10 days, and had a surprise winner, with Greg Tiernan and Nitrogen Studios pledging 500 to the cause and handing the items over to the second highest bidder, who also graciously donated the money he would have willingly paid for the items had he won the auction.

Other SiF Members have also pledged money to Clic Sargent, and will be listed in our Roll of Honour later.

Related Links

Matty's Cancer Journey

Clic Sargent's Website

British Railway Series / SiF Auction

In February 2011, The British Railway Series and Sodor Island Forums joined forces to raise money for our two supported charitable organisations – The Railway Children and The Corris Falcon Fund.  We auctioned off a unique canvas print featuring the three main characters from The British Railway Series.  It’s the only one of it’s kind, and it was signed, with a personal message to the highest bidder, by Simon Martin.


We raised 66 for our respective charitable causes, and topped up the funds we had accumulated with 34 of our own money to bring our totals up to 50 each.

Click here for the BRWS Auction!

Help the Bluebell to shift the Tip!

Click here to visit the Bluebell Railway website

The Railway Children Charity
Click the image to go to the Railway Children website!

All information about The Railway Children is available above at their website, as well as means of making donations.

In the more recent series of Thomas and Friends, there has been a greater focus on the role of the children of Sodor.  In many of the newer stories, Thomas and the other engines have been seen striving to try and help them while going about their daily duties, which are rather trivial things such as organising parties and delivering toys.  However, there is a very real issue out there which we'd like to turn your attention to which affects the lives of children across the world every day.

David Maidment set up the charity Railway Children in 1995 in order to help children across the world who are affected by homelessness, particularly in developing countries such as India.  A former Railway Executive, he became aware of the problem in the early 1990s as a result of conferences on railway safety overseas.  He found a number of children were found to be sleeping rough and at risk on the streets, and sought shelter and refuge in railway stations, hence the name of the charity.

In early 1997, David approached the Britt Allcroft Company to ask for a donation to the cause, and was given the role of Railway Consultant for the fifth series of Thomas, providing some creative and realistic insight for Producer/Director David Mitton to work from.  The company generously donated 10,000 to the charity for David's services.

Very recently, contact was made with Mr Maidment through SiF Researcher Jim Gratton (aka TroublesomeTruck), and he even made time for an interview and thoughtful response which has been pubished in our Interviews PageBy way of showing our gratitude to him for his time and insight to our research, Sodor Island would like to take the opportunity to ask all of our visitors to consider giving a donation, no matter how much or how little they can afford to the cause and help Railway Children to help these unfortunate children.

50% of the charity's 2million annual income comes from people within the railway industry and enthusiast market.  In 2006, they were able to help over 24,000 children and they now work with over 40 partner organisations, with 117 projects worldwide across Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.

Every penny counts to the work of the charity, and we hope that you will give as generously as you can to the good work that Mr Maidment and his colleagues do for these street children.

In Febuary of 2011, Sodor Island Forums donated 50 from our Charity Auction fund to The Railway Children charity.  With Gift Aid, the donation was increased, with an additional 0.25 for every 1 we donated, bringing the total to 62.50.

The Corris Falcon Project

Click the image above to visit the Corris Railway Website -
All information about the Corris 'Falcon' Project is available there, as well as means of making donations for other associated projects.

The Corris Railway in Mid-Wales is undertaking the ambitious project of creating a second new-build steam locomotive for their railway.  This will be a replica of the original steam locomotives that were built back in 1878 to run the railway, built by Hughes of Loughborough.  The project is due to cost 250,000 to complete the locomotive, and SiF are keen to help them.

For anyone out there unfamiliar with the design in question, you may know it better as the basis of ‘Falcon’ or ‘Sir Handel’, and the last existing member of the design is still hard at work on the Talyllyn Railway, having been bought from Corris in the 1950s.  The modifications made to the locomotive over the last sixty years have changed its appearance significantly from the original that arrived at the Corris in 1878.

The provision of a second locomotive would be highly beneficial to the fledging operation, relieving pressure from their existing locomotive, and allowing for a full-steam service to continue running all year round.  This would also allow the Corris to replicate the experience of days gone by, when numbers 3 and 4 were running the line – prior to closure and acquisition by the Talyllyn Railway in the 1950s.

The Corris Railway’s links to the Railway Series are strong – Christopher Awdry was the society’s President for a time, he wrote a book called Hugh Goes Sliding based on an event that happened on the railway, and the original line provided partial inspiration for the old Mid Sodor Railway in the Railway Series books.  In the early 2000s, when the Corris ‘Tattoo’ locomotive was being constructed, Christopher Awdry matched all donations to complete the project.  SiF are in no position to match this feat, but we will do what we can with your help.

You can donate cash to the project at the Corris Railway website.

In February 2011, SiF sponsored a part for the Corris Falcon Project, and have contributed to it's construction.  The part we sponsored was Cylinder Cover Leading Casting, at a costing of 56.