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  • Our support for charities

    We support charities in a variety of ways – gift in kind contributions to our national Charity of Choice and employee fundraising, volunteering, and collections at our stations.

  • The charity of choice partnership is the most high profile Network Rail charity relationship. Chosen by our people, the charity is a common cause that can be supported right across the business. We have had successful partnerships with Cancer Research UK and NSPCC, Action for Children and most recently CLIC Sargent which will be our Charity of Choice until September 2016. 

    Applications for our new Charity of Choice are now closed. The new partnership will be announced in September and will soft transition to be in place in October.

    Here are some of the great ways our employees contribute:

    • Employee fundraising over the last two years has averaged £200,323 per year
    • Advertising at our 19 managed stations is commercially valued at £102,000 a month
    • Payroll giving - an average of £ £46,845.49 per month is given to a variety of charitable causes

    At Network Rail, social performance is an integral part of our commitment to sustainability. We launched our new social performance strategy in April 2016 which focuses our work in to two key themes: Caring for Communities and Improving the Passenger Experience. We are looking to build a strategic partnership with a registered charity, who delivers services across Great Britain.

    We will be looking at partners who focus on caring for communities with a particular focus on social deprivation issues such as tacking homelessness, addressing antisocial behaviour or supporting families in need. The railway is an area where socially deprived communities often have a negative impact and Network Rail is looking to drive positive change in those communities to address those issues and ultimately improve the passenger experience.

    Our focus will be volunteering opportunities supporting local communities and charities work, staff fundraising activities and payroll giving.


    If you have not been able to find the information you were looking for on this site and would like to learn more about charitable giving at Network Rail please contact

    Supporting local charities

    In addition to supporting our national Charity of Choice, employees working on our eight routes organise their own fundraising and volunteering activities for local charities in their areas.

    To help make this possible, all of our people are entitled to up to five days’ volunteer leave to help UK registered charities and Network Rail led community engagement activity such as our Community Safety work, early engagement and Community Rail work.

    In 2015/16, our people spent more than 11,511 hours working as volunteers on a wide variety of charitable or community engagement work. The volunteer work our people have been involved include examples such as volunteering at hospices, charities for homeless or disabled people, STEM support, heritage railways and environmental charities.

    If you’re part of a charity that could benefit from volunteers time, we would be interested in working with you to promote the opportunities available to our people.

    1. Find out which is your local National Rail route, using the map shown on our routes page
    2. Find out the name and address of the charity contact for your local route, using our charities contacts list (PDF)
  • Charity collections at our stations 


    Another important way we support charities is by encouraging charities to hold cash collections at the stations that we own and manage free of charge. These include the biggest and busiest stations in Britain (see list of stations > here). If you‘re a registered charity and would like to hold a cash collection at one of our stations, please follow these steps:

    1. Read our charities collections policy to make sure that your charity and the collectors qualify to collect at one of our stations 
    2. If you qualify, download and fill in an application form and indemnity form
    3. Requests will not be processed until the completed application form, indemnity form and Public Liability Insurance document have been received.
    4. Send your two completed forms and Public Liability Insurance document to A minimum of 60 days’ notice is required when applying to collect at a Network Rail managed station.

    Please make sure we receive your application at least eight weeks before the planned collection date. We’ll acknowledge it within 10 working days.

    If you’re looking to hold a promotional activity at one of our stations (including flyers, leafleting, events, stands and stalls) please contact Space and People who manage this type of activity for us, email

    Any questions?

    If you have a query or would like to find out more about our charitable giving, please email