29th April, 2024

Railway Family Week 2024 Round Up

This year we held our fourth annual Railway Family Week. The aim of the week was to bring together the entire rail industry to fundraise and raise awareness of RBF. Your support has been fantastic from taking part in our raffle, volunteering, sharing our social media and we still have teams taking part in the Station to Station Challenge for another few weeks.

We still have a way to go to meet our fundraising target. Help us raise much needed funds so that we can continue to be there for the Railway Family when they need us.

Big Railway Family Week Challenge

This year, we launched our second Big Railway Family Week Challenge. Teams from Amaro, Clemtech, Cross Country Trains, Engauged, Freightliner, Furrer + Frey, Porterbrook, RIA, RSSB, Railpen and VTG Rail came together to help us cover the length of the UK while raising money.

Our teams smashed our 2,000 mile route during the first week and they are continuously challenging themselves to accumulate as many miles and steps they can do across the three week challenge! You can support the teams and their challenge by donating!

Raffles

This year we had three incredible raffle prizes available. Our fantastic Hornby bundle, consisted of 5 different items, kindly donated by Hornby We also raffled an amazing Desktop Departure Board. Our final prize was 4 tickets to the new Steps Musical – ‘Here and Now’ – kindly donated by Pete Waterman. Our amazing raffle has raised over £900.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this Railway Family Week. The last 12 months have been particularly difficult for the rail industry, and we have had our services called on like never before. In the past five years, demand for our services has more than tripled, and 2023 has been the busiest year to date in respect of the number of applications received and the amount of people we have supported. With the average age of beneficiaries is younger than previous years, with 70% of applications being under 50 years of age

Money raised ensures that we can continue to support current, former and retired railway people through hardship.

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