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Rail Delivery Group

Railway supports Poppy Day with free travel for volunteer collectors
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date
27 October 2014
source Rail Delivery Group
type Press release



Volunteer collectors travelling by train to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion’s London and City Poppy Days will be given free rail travel, the rail industry has today announced.

The railway has given extensive support to Poppy Day in recent years, including operators providing free travel into participating cities for uniformed collectors, making announcements on trains and welcoming collections teams at stations. This year, the offer of free travel is being extended across all train companies to all volunteer collectors, including veterans.

Each autumn, thousands of uniformed personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, and their supporters, travel from across the country to participate in the country’s largest street fundraising event.

Getting enough volunteer collectors to the appropriate city locations at the right time is key to its success. In addition to London, this year four other cities will be involved: Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Plymouth.

Free travel will be granted for Poppy Day collectors on the following days:

o London and City Poppy Day – Thursday 30 October
o Plymouth – Thursday 30 October
o Birmingham – Wednesday 5 November
o Bristol – Thursday 6 November
o Manchester – Thursday 6 November

Speaking on behalf of the rail industry, Michael Roberts, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group said: “The railway has a long standing record of supporting our armed forces. We are proud to help the vital fundraising work being done by the Royal British Legion across the country for London and City Poppy Days. By offering all their volunteer collectors free rail travel to participating cities we hope to help make this year’s event more successful than ever.”

The Royal British Legion Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne said: “We are very grateful to Britain’s rail industry for the generous donation of free rail travel to all London and City Poppy Day collectors. We are ready to hit the streets and take on the challenge of raising £1 million in London in one day, there will be collectors, military bands and celebrities out in force across the city, from Covent Garden to Canary Wharf throughout the day.

“We’re encouraging people to dig deep for this year’s Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing our vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the Services, and importantly their families too.”

To coincide with London Poppy Day, from Thursday 30 October an exhibition telling the story of the vital role Britain’s railway and its workers played in World War One will arrive at London Victoria.

The free exhibition uses original photographs, documents and historical facts to bring to life the contribution of the railway in helping to transport hundreds of thousands of troops and tonnes of equipment.

Produced by the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together Network Rail and the owners of Britain’s passenger and freight train operators, it also tells the story of the women who kept the network running while men were fighting on the Front Line, sowing the seed of social change in the process.

The exhibition will remain in London Victoria station until Wednesday 5 November, before moving to Liverpool Lime Street station where it will be on display from Monday 10 November until Saturday 29 November.

ENDS


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