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  • Our support for charities

    We support charities in a variety of ways – gift-in-kind contributions to our national charity of choice and employee fundraising, volunteering, and collections at our stations.

  • Our charity of choice

    Barnardo’s, the UK’s leading children’s charity, has been chosen by Network Rail’s employees as their ‘charity of choice’ until March 2019.

    Barnardo’s mission is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. Poverty, homelessness, disability, abuse, family problems with drugs and alcohol, looking after a sick parent, exclusion from education, going into care, leaving care, youth unemployment – whatever problem a child may face in the UK today, Barnardo’s is there to help.

    The charity runs over 1,000 services based in local communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, protecting and supporting more than 240,000 disadvantaged children, young people and their families each year.

    We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen by Network Rail employees to be their next charity partnership.

    The work we do is tough. We work with the most vulnerable children and young people in society and play a vital role in transforming their lives for the better. Our partnership with Network Rail will raise awareness, generate funding and provide support for young people in their journey to a better future.

    Network Rail’s employees’ proven commitment to fundraising and volunteering will help us support a quarter of a million children and young people a year. It’s going to be a fun and exciting partnership and we look forward to working with you.

    Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan

    Social performance

    At Network Rail, social performance is an integral part of our commitment to sustainability. In April 2016 we launched our new social performance strategy, which focuses our work into two key themes: Caring for Communities and Improving the Passenger Experience.

    Our partnership with Barnardo’s will focus on engaging staff in volunteering opportunities, supporting local communities and the charity’s work; employee fundraising and payroll giving.

    As a company we are doing a lot to improve how we engage and work with the communities surrounding the railway. This partnership will give hope to young people by offering them support.

    Every child should be able to look into the future and find happiness; I hope we can help them do that. Working with Barnardo’s, Network Rail believes that, with the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around.

    Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail

    Supporting local charities

    In addition to supporting our national charity of choice, employees working on;our eight routes organise their own fundraising and volunteering activities for local charities in their areas.

    To help make this possible, all our people are entitled to up to five days’ volunteer leave to help UK registered charities and Network Rail led community engagement activity such as our community safety work, early engagement and Community Rail work.

    In 2015/16, our people spent more than 11,511 hours working as volunteers on a wide variety of charitable or community engagement work. Our people have been volunteering at hospices, charities for homeless or disabled people, as STEM support in schools, at heritage railways and for environmental charities, among other examples.

    If you’re part of a charity that could benefit from volunteers time, we would be interested in working with you to promote the opportunities available to our people.

    1. Find out which is your local National Rail route, using the map shown on our routes page
    2. Find out the name and address of the charity contact for your local route, using our charities contacts list (PDF)
  • Charity collections at our stations 


    Another important way we support charities is by encouraging charities to hold cash collections at the stations that we own and manage free of charge. These include the biggest and busiest stations in Britain (see list of stations > here). If you‘re a registered charity and would like to hold a cash collection at one of our stations, please follow these steps:

    1. Read our charities collections policy to make sure that your charity and the collectors qualify to collect at one of our stations 
    2. If you qualify, download and fill in an application form and indemnity form
    3. Requests will not be processed until the completed application form, indemnity form and Public Liability Insurance document have been received.
    4. Send your two completed forms and Public Liability Insurance document to A minimum of 60 days’ notice is required when applying to collect at a Network Rail managed station.

    Please make sure we receive your application at least eight weeks before the planned collection date. We’ll acknowledge it within 10 working days.

    If you’re looking to hold a promotional activity at one of our stations (including flyers, leafleting, events, stands and stalls) please contact Space and People who manage this type of activity for us, email

    Any questions?

    If you have a query or would like to find out more about our charitable giving, please email