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TRACK RECORD: Stanmore train enthusiast uses memory of London Underground to support charities

 Published on: 12th April 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

An nine-year-old boy from Stanmore who has memorised the whole map of the London Underground is using his knowledge to raise money for charity.

Cian Patel, who is a keen train enthusiast, memorised the map when he was five and now entertains crowds at charity events with his understanding of the travel network.

Speaking to StanmoreNews about the origin of his passion for the Underground, Cian said it started from a love of Thomas the Tank Engine.

He said: “I started playing with Thomas the Tank Engine trains and really enjoyed that and I got into the London Underground as I got older.

“I just memorised it in one go and it took me about a year. It wasn’t that difficult because I’m good at remembering things. I also drew different maps so I could memorise them in my own writing as well.”

Cian’s mother Dipti said he is “very much a train fanatic” and is happy to see him sharing his knowledge in a positive way.

Cian is involved with several charities and is the youngest patron of the Angel Foundation, which supports children in Jamaica.

Speaking about his recent fundraising for the charity, Cian said: “I raised money doing a train talk and raised enough money to buy around 20 computers for the school.”

Cian is also involved with charity Go Dharmic and regularly visits central London to serve food to the homeless.

The train enthusiast’s charity efforts do not stop there, as he has also wrapped presents for children in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Cian is hoping to return in the summer to share more of his train knowledge.

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