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26.10.16

Network Rail chooses Barnardo’s as charity partner

Barnardo’s will be Network Rail’s Charity of Choice until March 2019, it was announced today.

Network Rail will support the charity through fundraising, volunteering, gifts in kind and payroll giving.

There’s no doubt that Barnardo’s is a very worthy choice. Founded in Victorian times, it is Britain’s largest children’s charity.

“At Barnardo’s we don’t do the easy stuff,” said Javed Khan, the chief executive. “We work with the most vulnerable children and young people in society, giving them hope, and transforming their lives through our frontline services, campaigning and research. But we depend on the support of individuals and companies like Network Rail so we can do this work.”

Barnardo’s has unveiled a new 10-year strategy on three themes: Safer Childhoods, Stronger Families and Positive Futures.

By the end of the decade, it aims to help 300,000 more of the country’s most vulnerable children and their families, double its donations income and recruit another 10,000 volunteers.

Mark Carne, Network Rail’s chief executive, said: “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 transform their lives.”

The infrastructure owner is trying to encourage its employees to support and fundraise for socially deprived communities.

To help passengers find out more about the work of this important charity, it will display information at Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Euston, Kings Cross, London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Paddington, St Pancras, Waterloo, Victoria, Birmingham New Street, Bristol Temple Meads, Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Reading stations.

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