It is never something that is easy to talk about, so we will keep it simple. Our charity relies on donations to enable us to carry on supporting the UK’s rail people. If you could mention us when you write your will, and leave a little something in our charity’s name, you will enable us to carry on the important work that we have been doing since 1858.
Any gift, large or small, will make a difference. It’s a gift that won’t be forgotten.
It’s easy to leave a gift in your will to RBF
All you need to do is share the following information with your solicitor and let them know what you would like to give:
- Registered name: Railway Benevolent Institution
- Registered address: Millennium House, 40 Nantwich Road, Crewe, CW2 6AD
- Registered Charity number: England and Wales – 206312, Scotland – SC039550
Most people choose to leave either a specific sum of money or a percentage of the overall value of their assets – just 1% would make an incredible difference to the lives of railway people and their families.
Whatever you decide to do, be assured any money we receive goes directly to supporting railway people and their families in times of real need.
RBF supporter Jean, from Derby, explains why she decided to leave a gift in her Will to the RBF.
My family have strong connections with the railway. My grandfather was a signalman and my late husband, John, also worked in rail. The railway is one big family, I guess it’s in the blood. John’s old colleagues have been so kind and supportive to me – I don’t know how I would have coped without them. I want to give something back to the industry that has always been there for us and looked after us. Today when I travel by train it makes me feel close to him and brings back lots of lovely memories. This is what John would have wanted.
With our Free Will Writing service, in conjunction with Railway Mission and the Retired Rail Officers Society, you can have your will drawn up by a qualified professional at no cost to you.
This service is hosted by Bequeathed and can be used by anybody with a rail connection and their families.
“Having worked in rail all my life I was familiar with Railway Benefit Fund and the good work that they do. When I heard about Will Month, I jumped at the chance to get mine sorted for free. I don’t have a lot, but I wanted to make sure everything was straightforward for my children after my day. Having a will in place is reassuring for all the family.”
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.