Christmas will arrive early this year for hundreds of rail families with children thanks to the UK based rail charity, the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF). A special fund created by McIntosh within the RBF will be used to send a gift of Christmas vouchers to all the children of families assisted by the charity this year.
This year has been one full of unprecedented circumstances, with the Covid-19 outbreak touching the lives of millions of families across the country.
As many working in rail have struggled financially and have required support, they have turned to the RBF. The charity has helped hundreds of rail families facing hard times throughout the year, by providing help, signposting and financial support to help with crisis solutions, such as priority debt, rent arrears, illness and disability and other difficult circumstances.
Helping the children of railway families has always been the sole focus of what RBF do, which is why they are proud to announce they are continuing with the McIntosh voucher scheme this year, especially due to the hardship brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The charity will gift a £40 Argos voucher to every railway child this Christmas, giving to nearly 100 families.
Last year, the McIntosh vouchers were gratefully received by railway families that the charity helped. One parent said: “I received in the post today a £40 gift card for Argos to give to my little girl for Christmas. I just wanted to say thank you. It was so lovely to receive something so unexpected.”
Another parent said: “I am truly overwhelmed & truly grateful. Both my children will be very happy & grateful when they receive the gift cards on Christmas day and will have pleasure spending it on things they want. As my funds are low and we do not have family that they receive presents from, this is so nice and I cannot thank you enough.”
To help a railway family in need this Christmas, you can donate via the Railway Benefit Fund Just Giving page, which you can find here.
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