Network Rail has announced they will be supporting Railway Children, a charity that supports vulnerable young people across the UK, who have been found at risk or in danger on the rail network, using the fee from the filming of the popular drama series on BBC One Gentleman Jack.
The cast of the popular series have been working hard on the second series of the program and have been using the second most popular railway station in the UK, York, as one of the locations.
The producer Sally Wainwright needed somewhere to store vans and equipment during the filming and approached the team at Network Rail and asked if they could rent the car park nearby.
Railway Children’s staff are highly skilled project workers who support children and their families to tackle the issues that led them into danger, and help to set them on the path to a brighter future.
George Drum, Infrastructure Maintenance Delivery Manager for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a very challenging year, particularly for those young people who are vulnerable to exploitation.
“We know that charities have been badly hit during the pandemic and, in the run-up to Christmas, we wanted to do something which would enable Railway Children’s dedicated workers to help those who need it most.”
Mary McLaughlin, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Railway Children, said: “We are so touched that Network Rail chose to turn this payment into a donation to help support vulnerable children across the UK. At a time when fundraising activity has been hit hard, thoughtful ideas like this really do make all the difference and go a long way to ensuring that our vital work can continue throughout the pandemic and beyond.”
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