The bandaged James

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James with a bandage - but he's not been hit by another train was the story told to one young visitor

James with a bandage – but he’s not been hit by another train was the story told to one young visitor

Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire is a theme park but with a couple of slight differences. For a start, there is a strong link with Thomas the Tank Engine so the themed hotel has some Thomas themed rooms. On the landing of each floor you will see some of Thomas’s friends standing proud of the walls and going up the atrium you will see railway lines curling up the floor from reception to the ceiling. In the restaurants there are toy areas and you can borrow Thomas or one of his friends to play with on the toy tracks.

In the theme park itself, there is Europe’s only Thomas Land™ which attracts kids from all over the Midlands on daily, short break and weekly visits. What would the Reverend Awdry think of that?

If all that suggests the other difference then you would be right. Drayton Manor has a strong appeal to the under 10’s.

This week it is tugging at the heartstrings of its younger guests by bandaging up James the red engine. Why? Because Drayton Manor is supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s The Big Bandage campaign.

A Thomas themed bedroom

A Thomas themed bedroom

Until this Friday it is hoping that guests – and the hotel was packed out when I was there a few weeks ago – and visitors to the theme park will dig deeply and support the cause.

The Big Bandage is an annual event that asks people to make a donation and wear a bandage to work or school on Friday 10th July, with over 35,000 people last year from across the midlands joining in. The hospital is aiming to make 2015 bigger and better that ever and all proceeds will be supporting Magnolia House, a dedicated space in the hospital gardens to give families time to be together after receiving a child’s life limiting diagnosis.

Anyone can get involved with fundraising by simply wearing a bandage to work, school or on their own on Friday 10th July and donating via, where more information about this amazing cause can also be found. Or text BANDAGE to 70099 to donate £2.

For more information about Drayton Manor Theme Park, please visit


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