Posted 33 months ago


Last week, with Pete Waterman's help, we launched the charity’s latest initiative designed to provide small grants towards family and child expenses for lower-paid railway staff.

Pete unveiled the RBF Family Support Fund during his #MeetPete tour on behalf of RBF. On Monday, September 16 at Glasgow Central Hotel, the railway enthusiast met staff from Caledonian Sleeper, Scotrail, Abellio, Network Rail and TPE to launch the new service. He also visited Glasgow’s Queen Street and Central Stations as well as a number of rail company offices in the Scotland.

Pete said: “I’m extremely honoured to be RBF President and to help launch this superb new initiative which will provide invaluable help to the children and families of rail workers when they find life a bit tough financially.

“The RBF Family Support Fund is there to help those families and the #MeetPete tours are designed to promote the RBF and encourage their employees to contact the RBF when they need support”.

Pete’s first leg in Scotland culminated in an open reception event at Glasgow Central Hotel, where he was joined by Alex Hynes, Managing Director Scotland’s Railway; Jim Dunne, RMT; and other speakers in discussing ways to support rail staff across Scotland.

Jason Tetley, CEO of the Railway Benefit Fund, said: “Our charity offers a wide range of support to railway industry workers and their families when times get tough - that could be financially, emotionally at times of bereavement, or assistance though periods of physical or mental illness.

“While this event was a superb launchpad for the Family Support Fund, we also took the opportunity to showcase many more of the services offered by our charity.

“As a result, we are particularly looking forward to working with the rail industry across Scotland to ensure that employees and colleagues can access our services – especially by promoting the Family Support Fund service to staff on lower grades that are likely to be eligible.”

The new RBF Family Support Fund provides a small grant towards family and child expenses for railway staff with children where the annual gross household income does not exceed £30,000. It aims to ensure that rail staff on lower grades can enjoy a good work and family life balance and provides up to £200 to support child and family-related expenses like school trips, kids activities and clubs, school uniforms and baby equipment.

Individuals seeking support can apply by downloading an application form HERE.

Rail workers who are in a more desperate situation and need more than £200 may be eligible to apply to our main grants programme and this can also be accessed via an application form HERE. Different criteria apply to the Family Support Fund.