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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.

  • Our Charity of Choice

    Every two years our people vote for their ‘charity of choice’.  The winning charity then benefits from a range of support from Network Rail, including employee fundraising, payroll giving and gifts in kind.

    From 2014 until September 2016, our Charity of Choice is CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. In past years chosen charities have included Action for Children, Cancer Research UK and the NSPCC.

    About CLIC Sargent

    Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news that they have cancer. Treatment is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80 per cent, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK. 

    CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical and emotional support to help children and young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

    In 2015/16, the Network Rail / CLIC Sargent partnership was valued at more than £1.8m. 

    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 both the completed application and indemnity form are received.
    4. Send your two completed forms 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