SWR Christmas Appeal donates thousands of gifts to vulnerable people

Tuesday 21st December 2021

Christmas Appeal gifts at Clapham Junction

  • Over 2000 shoeboxes and individual gifts donated by South Western Railway staff and customers
  • From 6th – 11th December, 28 stations, depots and offices across the SWR network took part in the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal
  • Gifts were donated to local charities helping the homeless and vulnerable at Christmas

This year staff and customers from stations, depots and offices across the 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 6th – 11th December to collect a massive 1350 shoeboxes of gifts and more than 650 individual gifts as part of SWR’s annual Christmas appeal, nearly double the number collected in 2020.

Jim O’Brien, Station Contracts Manager for SWR, who is coordinating 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. 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”

Further information:
The stations, depots and offices that took part were Ascot, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Clapham Junction, Chandlers Ford, Earlsfield, Fareham, Fratton, Fratton Depot, Guildford, Hampton, Hedge End, Kingston, London Waterloo, Portsmouth and Southsea, Portsmouth Harbour, Putney, Richmond, Ryde Esplanade (IOW), Shepperton, South Bank Central, Southampton Central, Sunbury, Swanwick, Wimbledon, Winchester, Woking.