It has been announced by the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) that the chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, has become an honorary patron.
In his new position, he will support the RBF in its fundraising efforts and draw attention to the work the charity does in the rail industry.
The RBF supports railway workers and dependents if they are going through difficult times – with grants, information and debt advice regardless of if they are a current, former or retired worker.
The RBF says it has seen a “huge” increase in demand throughout the pandemic. On average, a person asks the charity for its help every seven minutes.
Sir Peter Hendy said: “I am delighted to become a patron of the Railway Benefit Fund.
“The last 16 months have been particularly difficult for the Railway Family, and staff have worked tremendously hard to keep Britain moving during this time. The RBF have stepped in to help many railway workers through tough situations, which is why I am delighted to show my support for them as a patron.”
CEO of the RBF, Claire Houghton, said: “Sir Peter’s patronage is a great honour for the charity. With his support, the RBF can continue to provide services and support to the industry, as we have done for over 160 years.
“We look forward to working with Sir Peter in the future.”
Network Rail will be supporting RBF in 2022 with their next Railway Family Week event. The first ever Railway Family Week, held in April 2021, raised more than £50,000 for the RBF. Next year’s event will be held in the last week of April, with organisers hoping to exceed this total.