The Other Railway Children Paperback – 29 Oct 2012
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A chance encounter moved one person, and then many, to pioneer work for street children: their story helps to fund this work26 December 2012
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This is an absorbing account of how a man’s searing encounter with an exploited destitute girl at an Indian railway station led him eventually, through a series of personal concerns and connections, to set up a charity to support runaway children, a charity with the evocative name of The Railway Children. We see how the passionate concern he shares with co-workers and supporters has combined with high levels of professional planning and organisation to raise money for existing projects across the world, including the UK, and in particular to pioneer new responses at the earliest points where youngsters are putting themselves at risk. David Maidment’s relation of his experiences and of the achievement of The Railway Children is modest without being self-effacing, both inspiring and humbling to read, and a rattling good story. Profits from the book go to the funds of the charity, so readers can offer their own measure of practical support by buying this very different story from the previously well-known original by E. Nesbit. When you have finished it you may well find yourself wondering which are in fact the OTHER railway children!
23 August 2013
Reading this absorbing book, I couldn't help thinking what an incredible journey this man has been on. Mr Maidment's enthusiasm is on every page and while the pace at which he explains how he set up the charity is blistering, it's also measured and digestible. The book is like a guide on how to set up a charity for all the right reasons. It's also empowering read. I don't know where he found the energy to do all that he's done, but it just goes to show how strong the human spirit is. If I've learnt one thing from this book and this man, it's that dreams will come true if I work for them. I am a great admirer of the Railway Children charity and its beliefs.
Inspirational and beautiful.
Inspirational and beautiful.