Commuters urged to help vulnerable through South Western Railway’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Tuesday 30th November 2021

From Monday 6th to Saturday 11th December, South Western Railway (SWR) customers are being urged to take part in the company’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal, which is set to help vulnerable children and adults and the homeless at Christmas.

SWR staff at participating stations will be working with agency partners Adecco Rail and STM to help make the festive season just a bit better for people in difficult circumstances.

The hope is that people will prepare a small shoebox of gifts, or even just a single gift for someone who is vulnerable or facing homelessness this Christmas and take it to one of the participating SWR stations between 6-11 December, where colleagues will be collecting them to pass to their nominated local charities.

Last year, SWR handed over 750 shoe boxes for homeless people as well as 630 individual gifts for vulnerable people across the network.

Jim O’Brien, Station Contracts Manager for SWR, who is coordinating the appeal, said:

"We know that local charities based in the communities around our stations provide vital support for the vulnerable and the homeless all year round, but the holiday season is an especially difficult time for so many. 

“We hope that people who live near and travel from participating stations will donate what they can and help the less fortunate this Christmas.”

The stations taking part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal are:

Ascot, Basingstoke, Bournemouth, Clapham Junction, Chandlers Ford, Earlsfield, Fareham, Fratton, Guildford, Hampton, Hedge End, Kingston, London Waterloo, Portsmouth and Southsea, Portsmouth Harbour, Putney, Richmond, Ryde (IOW), Shepperton, Southampton, Sunbury, Swanwick, Wimbledon, Winchester, Woking.