Almost £20,000 has already been raised to support current, former and retired railway people and their families as part of Railway Family Week.
This is ahead of the Railway Family Week – taking place from 26 April to 2 May – raising money for the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF).
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and fundraise, with organisers hoping to raise £50,000 to support even more current or former rail workers who are going through difficult times.
The week of fundraising will consist of a range of fundraising events revolving around the year that the RBF was founded – 1858. Teams or individuals can take up their own challenges, such as target raising £1,858, or completing 1,858km or 1,858m, or do press-ups at 18.58 every night for a month.
Among the events taking place includes a charity Auction of Experiences. Sir Peter Hendy has donated a trip out on his own London Routemaster bus for 63 guests. There is also a Hovercraft VIP Experience with Hovertravel.
Some events have already taken place, including a virtual Railway Cinema Night which was hosted by journalist, broadcaster of the Railway Journeys series and former politician Michael Portillo.
RBF President Pete Waterman said: “As we get closer to Railway Family Week, we are urging the industry to show their support and get involved in whatever way they can.
“Whether it’s fundraising, bidding in our auction or simply donating- your support makes the world of difference to the Railway Benefit Fund.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has shown their support already.”
Visit https://www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk/railway-family-week/ for more details.