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Our work in the community
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We support charities in a variety of ways - contributions to our national Charity of Choice, employee fundraising and volunteering, funding for local charitable projects in our route areas and collections at our stations
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, matched funding and gifts in kind.
In past years our chosen charities
have included Action for Children, Cancer Research UK and the NSPCC. From 2014 until 2016, our Charity of Choice is
CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer
charity for children and young people, and their families.
Every day, 10 children and
young people in the UK hear the shocking news that they have cancer. Treatment
normally starts immediately, 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 2014/15, we contributed more
than £1.8m to CLIC Sargent.
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 charities that work in the areas shown
below (see "Funding for local charity projects").
In 2014/15, our people spent more
than 10,900 hours working as volunteers on charitable or community engagement
work. More than 40 per cent of this volunteer time was spent with projects that
enabled them to be a caring neighbour, such as hospices and charities for
homeless or disabled people.
Our eight routes have small pots of funding available at different times throughout the year for local charities that work in the following areas:
If your charity is in one of these categories and you'd like to apply for funding for a local project, here's what you need to do:
Another important way we support charities is by encouraging charity cash collections at the stations that we
own and manage. These include the biggest and busiest stations in Britain. We don’t charge charities for holding collections at our stations.
If you‘re a registered charity and would like to hold a cash collection at one of our stations, please follow these steps:
A minimum of 60 days’ notice is required when applying to collect at a Network Rail managed station; 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 NetworkRail@spaceandpeople.co.uk
If you have a query or would like to find out more about our charitable giving, please email email@example.com