19th December, 2023

RBF extends partnership with Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast has announced it is extending its partnership with RBF until the end of September 2024. The aim of the partnership is to support as well as improve the general and financial wellbeing of current, former, or retired Avanti West Coast employees.

Working closely with Avanti West Coast’s Human Resources team, RBF will deliver training sessions to colleagues to increase the awareness of grants available to those who find themselves struggling financially. We will also support Avanti West Coast’s Health and Wellbeing activity throughout the year, with attendance at events, and work together to increase the number of volunteer time to support the charity.

The West Coast operator have also supported RBF’s Christmas Vouchers for Rail Children appeal, providing 100 youngsters from families supported by charity throughout the year with some extra festive cheer.

Kelly Burton, Health and Wellbeing Partner at Avanti West Coast, said: “The Railway Benefit Fund are the unsung heroes of the industry. They’ve been supporting our people and the wider railway family for over 160 years. 

“Their work is invaluable, even more so in recent times, and we’re proud to continue our partnership with them.”

In the previous years, we have supported the ‘railway family’ in many ways, with help ranging from financial assistance to funding of home schooling equipment for children during lockdown.

One of Avanti West Coast’s flagship Pendolino trains was also named ‘Railway Benefit Fund’ in April 2021 to celebrate the partnership.

Jo Kaye, Chief Executive Officer at the Railway Benefit Fund said: “We are delighted to have renewed our partnership with Avanti West Coast for the fourth consecutive year. By working together, we continue to improve the financial wellbeing of current, former and retired railway employees.”

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