The Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) are today kicking off their third annual ‘Railway Family Week’, which will run until 30 April.

Founded in 2021, Railway Family Week has a simple aim; to bring together the entire industry to raise £50,000 for RBF. Last year alone, over 1,000 people benefitted from the charity’s financial services; this was all made possible thanks to the money raised from Railway Family Week. Demand for RBF’s services has tripled over the past 5 years, with someone in rail reaching out for support every 4 minutes. This year, funds raised will allow RBF to continue to support the most vulnerable families who are struggling to cope with the cost of living.

Auction of Rail Experiences

The charity’s hugely popular Auction of Experiences features plenty of money-can’t-buy experiences. There are over 40 incredible prizes up for grabs, including:

  • Cab Rides on the Elizabeth Line, Drax Express and Highland Mainline
  • Behind the scenes tours of stations, depots, ROCs and signal boxes
  • Days out at the Forth Bridge, British Transport Police dog school, and at Pete Waterman’s award-winning model railway
  • Tickets for Caledonian Sleeper, c2c, GWR and West Coast Railways
  • Plus, new prizes added regularly!

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Every day during Railway Family Week, RBF will be giving away an incredible Hornby prize. To be in with a chance to win, simply purchase tickets, starting at just £5. Each day a winner will be randomly selected, and a Hornby item will be heading their way.

Enter the Draw:

New for 2023: RBF are giving one lucky person the chance to win a highly coveted Desktop Departures Board, courtesy of UK Departure Boards. Each board is highly configurable via a web app and a great addition to any home or office.

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Big Railway Family Week Challenge

Teams from across the industry are coming together to cover the distance of the UK through walking, cycling, swimming and more. Teams from Porterbrook, RSSB, Freightliner and Clemtech will be racing to see who can complete the most distance over three weeks, with a trophy awarded to the winning team.

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All money raised from Railway Family Week will go directly to supporting current, former and retired railway people and their families across the UK. Your donation, however big or small, can help RBF change the lives of people who need them. Whether you make a monthly donation or a one-off gift, your donation will allow RBF to continue supporting railway people, as they have done for over 160 years.


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