Passengers donate thousands of gifts to vulnerable people in Christmas appeal


This year staff and customers from stations, depots and offices across the South Western Railway (SWR) network made Christmas just a little bit better for many vulnerable children and adults and homeless people.

Stations from Clapham Junction to Chandlers Ford, Putney to Portsmouth and Waterloo to Winchester joined together from December 6-11 to collect 1,350 shoeboxes of gifts and more than 650 individual gifts as part of SWR’s annual Christmas appeal, nearly double the number collected in 2020.

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Jim O’Brien, Station Contracts Manager for SWR, who coordinated the appeal, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people across the South Western Railway network coming together to help vulnerable people in their local communities have a better Christmas.

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“People’s generosity of spirit at the end of what has been another difficult year is truly amazing to see, and I’d like to thank everyone who donated something to the appeal. Their efforts have helped us to collect nearly double the number of boxes that we did last year.”

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