Tuesday 27 Jun 2017
Charity celebrates a year collecting funds at Leeds station
The Leeds North and West Foodbank is celebrating a year of successful fundraising at Leeds station.
Over the last 12 months, a team of volunteers from the food bank have been at Leeds station once a month with their fundraising buckets, collecting money to provide emergency food and support to local people.
Fundraising at the station has been hugely successful thanks to the generosity of those using the station and over £11,000 has been collected in the past year.
Debbie Ward, station support assistant for Network Rail at Leeds station, said: “We were delighted to be able to offer our support when Leeds North and West food bank approached us about fundraising at the station.
“We are always looking for new ways to support our local community and this gave us a great way to be able to do that. We know that we have fantastic customers who use the station and this is reflected in the generosity of their donations.”
Karen Burgon, project director at Leeds North and West Foodbank, said: “It’s been brilliant to be able to collect vital funds right in the heart of the city at Leeds station.
“The donations go towards helping those in need and I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the charity.
“I’m grateful to Network Rail for their support and I look forward to carry on fundraising at the station to help those in need.”
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 4.7 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.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.