Euston station's 'sunflower' Christmas tree

‘Sunflower’ Christmas tree highlights support for those with non-visible disabilities

A Christmas tree decorated in sunflowers has been made by staff at Euston station to promote its support for passengers with non-visible disabilities. 

Following last year’s successful launch of the campaign by Network Rail, the sunflower lanyards and ticket holders can be worn or displayed to discreetly show that the wearer needs additional support, help or a little more time.

As we all know, this year has presented numerous challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic to rail passengers and staff.

Wearing masks and social distancing has made travelling for those with non-visible disabilities more challenging.

Network Rail have worked hard to put in a range of measures so passengers who need assistance can be guided safely through the station in a Covid secure manner.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the mobility assistance reception at Euston helped more than 80,000 passengers each year make their journeys through the station.

Nicole Elgram, Network Rail Passenger Assistance Manager at Euston, said: “Many of our passengers who have non-visible disabilities choose to wear a sunflower lanyard to indicate to others that they may need a little more help and during the pandemic that they are unable to wear a mask. The sunflower tree is being displayed in our mobility assistance reception centre proudly decorated to raise awareness of the scheme.”

Want to hear more about the Sunflower Scheme? Then head over to our previous mag to hear more... 

Image: Network Rail 

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