Merseyrail's 4 Charities of the Year
Every two years, Merseyrail employees help pick four charities based in the Liverpool City Region to support through events, promotions, and network wide collections. Over the last two years, more than £100,000 has been raised for The Paper Cup Project, Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, KIND, and Sefton Women’s & Children’s Aid.
Now the charities that Merseyrail will support over the next two years are Centre 56, Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary, Blackburne House and Parkinson’s Wirral.
- Centre 56 is a domestic abuse charity in the heart of North Liverpool who provide childcare, information and support for families and children who have suffered, or are at risk of, domestic abuse or a crisis situation.
- Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary, rescue and rehome animals in the Merseyside area. All animals are neutered, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms prior to homing.
- Blackburne House supports the development of local - and often vulnerable - women. With a core focus on education, the charity enables women to learn and grow in a safe environment.
- Parkinson’s Wirral offers friendship and support locally to people with Parkinson’s, their families, and carers.
All four charities will be the focus of support, fundraising efforts and events by the community involvement team at Merseyrail.
External Charity Support
Merseyrail supports local charities, clubs, sports teams and community groups across Merseyside with in kind donations and sponsorship.
Local charities are allowed on to stations to collect and raise awareness of their work. For example, from April - September 2022, charities such as Maggie’s Cancer Support, RNLI, Jospice, Veterans for Cancer and Rescue Me have received donations on Merseyrail stations.
On average, they collected around £300 per session which means that in total over £16,000 has been raised by Merseyrail passengers for these fantastic local organisations and charities.
If you are interested in collecting on Merseyrail stations, please contact Merseyrail's Corporate Social Resposibility Manager, Sally Ralston by email at [email protected].
This is purely on a first come first served basis, however we will try to accomodate as many charities as possible. Please note that this is also coordinated with Merseyrail commercial activity on stations, therefore not all dates and locations can be accomodated.
Internal Charity Support
Recently, Merseyrail HR team took part in a volunteer day at Tam O Shanter farm, one of the four key charities Merseyrail supports. The team helped to move two aviaries across the farm and to clear a space ready for a sensory garden to be installed for special needs groups.
Strictly the Big Trust Charity Fundraiser
Merseyrail staff, Tara Connolly and Laura Latham, trained to compete in a ballroom dance challenge to raise funds for The Big Trust. The hard work culminated in a brilliant event at the Titanic Hotel. The ladies did the company proud with Laura achieving runner up with her beautiful waltz. Their efforts have raised £1,000’s to help Merseyrail's local communities in disadvantaged areas of the Liverpool City Region.