Network Rail will soon launch their search for new charity partner
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About the Charity Partnership
The Charity of Choice partnership is the most high-profile Network Rail charity relationship. Chosen by Network Rail staff, the charity is a common cause that can be supported right across the business. Network Rail have had successful partnerships with Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, Action for Children and most recently CLIC Sargent until October 2016.
Barnardo’s is now Network Rail’s charity partner until March 2019. Network Rail will support Barnardo’s through fundraising, volunteering, gift-in-kind support and payroll giving to help the charity transform the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people.
The partnership with Barnardo’s is focussed on driving positive change in local communities to address social deprivation issues. The partnership will engage staff in volunteering opportunities, supporting local Barnardo’s work, as well as supporting fundraising activities and payroll giving.
As a company Network Rail are doing a lot to improve how they 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; Network Rail hope they 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. Some of the great ways their employees contribute
Employee fundraising over the last two years has averaged £200,323 per year
Advertising at our 20 managed stations is commercially valued at £102,000 a month
Payroll giving – an average of £46,845.49 per month is given to a variety of charitable causes
Supporting local charities
In addition to supporting their national Charity of Choice, employees working on their eight Routes organise their own fundraising and volunteering activities for local charities in their areas.
To help make this possible, all Network Rail people are entitled to up to five days’ volunteer leave to help UK registered charities and Network Rail led community engagement activity such as our community safety work, early engagement and Community Rail work.
The volunteer work our people have been involved in includes volunteering at hospices, charities for homeless or disabled people, STEM support, heritage railways and environmental charities.
If you’re part of a charity that could benefit from volunteers’ time, we would be interested in working with you to promote the opportunities available to our people.
Find out which is your local Network Rail Route, using the map shown on our Routes page
Find out the name and address of the charity contact for your local route, using charities contacts list (PDF)
If you would like to learn more about charitable giving at Network Rail please email