Railway Family Week

New in 2021, Railway Family Week is a week-long fundraising event bringing together the whole Rail Industry. The event is organised and hosted by the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF)- the only UK charity solely dedicated to supporting current, former and retired railway people and their families.

Whether you work for a TOC or are part of the supply chain that keeps the industry going, you are an invaluable part of the Railway Family. We encourage everyone in the Rail Industry to come together and show their support for the Railway Family during this week.

The aim of Railway Family Week is to raise £50,000. This will ensure that even more current or former rail industry workers can be supported through difficult times. To reach this goal, we need you to help us by getting involved and fundraising on behalf of RBF.

What’s going on in Railway Family Week and how you can get involved?

The 1858 Challenge

The Railway Benefit Fund was founded in 1858- over 160 years ago! As part of Railway Family Week, we want you to fundraise for us using our founding number: 1858. Do it alone or get together virtually with your friends, family, colleagues and fundraise for us on the theme of 1858.

Can you raise £1,858 or £18.58? Can you or a team cycle, run or walk 1,858 miles, km or steps or do press-ups at 18.58 every night? Could you raise £18.58 by selling cakes you’ve baked at work or to your neighbours? We’d love to hear your ideas on how you could start a fundraising challenge using our founding number. Need more inspiration? Download a fundraising pack with plenty of ideas HERE. Don’t forget to share your challenge with us on social media using #1858challenge

Learn more about the challenge HERE

Rail Experiences Auction

Keep an eye out for our fantastic online auction, which will go live at the start of Railway Family Week. We will have a host of great money-can’t-buy rail experiences up for grabs, including station tours, cab rides and more. The experiences will be detailed on our social media and website in the lead up to Railway Family Week.

Learn more about the auction HERE

Make your bids HERE

Keep up to date with Railway Family Week by visiting our website, following our social media, and start fundraising on our JustGiving page: