Blackpool homelessness ambassador wins another charity award: Chris Conway Rail Staff award winner

Monday 2 Dec 2019

Blackpool homelessness ambassador wins another charity award

Region & Route:
London North Western
North West Central

A Network Rail signaller who provides help and support to homeless people in Blackpool has won another award for his kindness.

Chris Conway, a relief signaller at Bamber Bridge, near Preston, has helped people living on the streets in the town for many years.

His kind-heartedness and leadership were recognised at the RailStaff awards, held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last Thursday (28 November) where he won the ‘Award for Charity’.

Chris regularly leads a team of volunteers who support rough sleepers in his hometown of Blackpool, providing them with food, hot drinks and support to help them change their circumstances.

Reacting to his win, Chris said: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed. I don’t do this to get recognised, so when I do it’s extra special. There's still a lot of work to do and I want to dedicate this award to more than 700 homeless people who died on the streets across Britain last year.”

The 26-year-old started his Thursday night ‘community watch’ street walks in 2018, when up to 40 volunteers decked out in Chris’ ‘United Blackpool' hoodies gave support to rough sleepers.

Since starting his street walks, Chris has helped get 25 homeless people off the streets and into rented accommodation.

He works with Blackpool charity Amazing Graze, running the local soup kitchen on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Chris is also charity ambassador for Network Rail’s North West & Central region.

Chris’ next effort to raise awareness and money to help the homeless is to stage a sleep-out in Blackpool on Monday 5 December in aid of Amazing Graze.

“Please do come down and join us. The more the merrier,” he added.

In September this year, Chris was made one of 125 ‘Local Heroes’ at an awards ceremony organised by the Blackpool Gazette newspaper in the iconic landmark’s famous Tower Ballroom.

For more information on how you can get involved with Chris’ support work, you can visit the United Blackpool Facebook Page or follow United Blackpool on Instagram.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office - North West & Central Region
0330 854 0100
NWCmediarelations@networkrail.co.uk

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk