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
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.