The Railway’s Charity
The Railway Benefit Fund, also known as RBF, is a charity which provides support to current, former and retired railway people and their families across the UK.
We offer help to those who need us. From financial grants and confidential advice, to online tools and a legal helpline, we provide a range of services designed to support you through life’s unexpected events.
Our assistance extends not just to those working in passenger rail, but also to the wider rail supply chain as well as freight and ancillary services.
How We Can Help
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, our non-repayable grants provide financial support to improve circumstances and aid wellbeing.
In addition we provide confidential advice, online tools, a legal helpline and a range of services and knowledge to support you, and your family, through life’s unexpected events.
How You Can Help
When you support the RBF you are helping to make a real difference to people’s lives.
There are many ways in which you can get involved as an individual or organisation, such as fundraising, volunteering or becoming a corporate partner. Support the railway industry together so we can be there for the Railway Family when they need us.
I’m finding it really helpful. I sometimes go a long time without anyone to talk to and it’s very hard. I’m 94 and meeting new people is difficult, so check in and chat in my own home with a lovely lady to talk to is fantastic. I still manage to get to town to run my errands, although at my age I don’t run! But the casual conversations I have with shop keepers are nothing like the calls, which are much more personal and involved.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the help and support this charity has given us, before this I felt so hopeless and worried about the future, it has been a really tough, stressful year but I now have some sense of positivity that things will get easier and that wouldn’t have happened without RBF’s support.
When I approached the RBF, I felt hopeless and that I had no chance of ever paying off all my debts. I sent in my application asking for support with my council tax and energy bills, and the charity provided me with a grant to finally pay off these debts. Since receiving this support, I feel so happy and relieved.