South Western Railway customers are being urged to participate in the company’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal to help vulnerable people during the festive period.
From December 6 – 11, staff from SWR will be at railway stations with agency partners Adecco Rail and STM to help make the festive season just a bit better for people in difficult circumstances.
The company hope that people will prepare a small shoebox of gifts, or even just a single gift for someone who is vulnerable or facing homelessness this Christmas and take it to one of the participating SWR stations between 6-11 December, where colleagues will be collecting them to pass to their nominated local charities.
Last year, SWR handed over 750 shoe boxes for homeless people as well as 630 individual gifts for vulnerable people across the network.
Jim O’Brien, Station Contracts Manager for SWR, who is coordinating the appeal, said: “We know that local charities based in the communities around our stations provide vital support for the vulnerable and the homeless all year round, but the holiday season is an especially difficult time for so many.
“We hope that people who live near and travel from participating stations will donate what they can and help the less fortunate this Christmas.”
Which stations are taking part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal?
The stations taking part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal are: Ascot, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Clapham Junction, Chandlers Ford, Earlsfield, Fareham, Fratton, Guildford, Hampton, Hedge End, Kingston, London Waterloo, Portsmouth and Southsea, Portsmouth Harbour, Putney, Richmond, Ryde (IOW), Shepperton, Southampton, Sunbury, Swanwick, Wimbledon, Winchester, Woking.Enjoy more of The Railway Magazine reading every month. Click here to subscribe.