ScotRail staff charity work continues through Coronavirus

Last updated: Tuesday, 21 April 2020

ScotRail staff are not letting the current Coronavirus pandemic get in the way of their charitable giving and fundraising efforts.

Groups of employees across the country are continuing to raise money for the train operator’s charity partner, MND Scotland, as well as for NHS charities and foodbanks – ensuring that vital funds and supplies are reaching people who need it most.

A team of people from ScotRail’s head office in Glasgow are attempting to run and cycle the length of Scotland’s Railway and back – a total of 5,638 km – in aid of MND Scotland and NHS Charities.

Organised by Nicola Dawson, ScotRail Audit, Risk and Compliance Manager, Nic’s Noon Runners – who normally spend their lunch break running laps around Glasgow City centre - will attempt the feat by running in their gardens and using home exercise machines.

ScotRail train drivers at Bathgate depot all chipped in to raise more than £600, which has been used to buy food and supplies for local foodbanks.

Hospitals across the West of Scotland have also benefited from donations from ScotRail staff, co-ordinated by Susan Temple at Johnstone station.

Susan and her team of volunteers have arranged safe collection and delivery of toiletries and food and drink supplies for staff and patients at a number of hospitals including; Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Queen Mother Maternity, Royal Alexandra, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, University Hospital Crosshouse, University Hospital Ayr, and the Gartnavel and Beatson Oncology Centre.

James Ledgerwood, ScotRail Head of Economic Development and Communities, said:

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see that our people continue to do their bit for charity and the communities we serve, despite these unusual and challenging times.

“Whether they’re running laps around their garden or collecting donations of vital supplies, these selfless acts are ensuring that help is provided to the people that need it most.”