Kind-hearted shoppers can support those less fortunate than themselves this Christmas through the Railway Benefit Fund charity (RBF) online shop.
This year the charity, formed in 1858, is selling a range of rail and festive-themed Christmas cards, including a bespoke Flying Scotsman design unavailable anywhere else.
There’s also a stunning 2020 calendar, now in its third year, with the theme ‘Speed and Steam’. The cover and 12 monthly images featured are taken by the public and were selected for inclusion through a competition judged by RBF president Pete Waterman.
There is also a host of other goodies including a bespoke Flying Scotsman canvas tote bag and the book Journey of a Railway Signalman – RBF is the sole retailer of this richly-illustrated hardback book providing a very personal account of author Tony Cook’s progression from signal box boy to top class signalman covering Merseyside and the North West.
The Christmas online shop is a crucial source of funding for RBF, with all proceeds helping to support its essential work in the rail industry.
Based in Crewe, Cheshire, RBF has supported current or former railway employees and their families for more than 160 years.
Some of the cases are truly heart-breaking – such as an 89-year-old former railway worker who lost his home through gambling debt accrued by trying to raise funds to care for his stroke-victim wife; and a four-year-old girl in urgent need of pioneering spinal surgery in the US.
RBF Head of Fundraising and Engagement Faye Jacques said: “For most people, Christmas is a time for fun and family, but it’s also a time for reflection and an opportunity to help those who are struggling in life, for whatever reason.
“The RBF shop offers a number of inexpensive Christmas cards and items which make lovely gifts, with purchasers contributing to our fundraising efforts.
“The profits we raise through the shop go directly to help good causes, supporting railway workers and their families through difficult situations.”
The RBF offers a range of charitable services to railway industry workers and their families when times are hard, ranging from financial assistance because of money worries, to emotional support at times of bereavement or physical or mental illness, and legal advice when workers find themselves in tricky situations.
Visit the RBF online shop at www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk/shop, alternatively call 0345 241 2885 (option 4)
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