Railway Mission has received a significant boost thanks to the generosity of guests attending this year’s prestigious Golden Whistle Awards.

The charity’s Chair of Trustees Alex Volossevich, Business Manager Claire Keville and Chaplain Andrea Smyth were invited to attend the high-profile luncheon and awards ceremony, organised by Modern Railways magazine and the Chartered Institution of Railway Operators (CIRO).

The annual awards promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations, with this year’s event attended by more than 350 industry professionals and keynote speaker Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Southern Region Managing Director and CIRO Chair.

Claire Mann, South Western Railway Managing Director, gave a short but impassioned speech about Railway Mission’s chaplaincy service, what the charity means to her personally and the rail industry as a whole, followed by a collection which raised more than £1,300.

“The selection of Railway Mission as the designated charity for the prestigious Golden Whistle Luncheon and Awards is recognition of the vital role played by the charity’s railway chaplaincy service within the industry,” comments Claire Keville.

“It was an honour to be invited, to share in the joy of the award winners, and to raise vital funds to support Railway Mission’s work.”

Railway Mission is a national charity which provides a regionally-based chaplaincy service aiming to be an impartial ‘friend’ to those who work on the railway. Regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation or position in the industry, chaplains offer face-to-face year-round support, especially during an individual’s time of loneliness, stress, depression, bereavement or illness.

A Christian faith-based charity, Railway Mission offers pastoral care to the entire railway community and members of the public affected by rail operations.

For more information about Railway Mission and its work visit www.railwaymission.org.