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​Thameslink and Great Northern railway staff vote to donate £513 to help Bedford MS charity

Press Release   •   Oct 06, 2016 14:46 BST

Bedford Station Sales Assistant Peter Daniels and charity worker Keely Ann Jones

Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre, a charity supporting individuals with multiple sclerosis, has benefited from over £500 as a result of votes by Thameslink staff.

The charity, which offers facilities such as hyperbaric oxygen tanks, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, was included as one of the three good causes which staff could vote for when they completed the company’s employee survey.

For each completed survey, Thameslink donated £1 to a charity of the staff member’s choice. The therapy centre was put forward by Bedford station’s Sales Assistant Peter Daniels, who volunteers in his own time at the centre.

Peter said: “The Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre is a really, really good cause, which relies on donations to do its excellent work. It is run by some great people, including some who have MS themselves. No matter how much they receive, it all helps.”

Keely Ann Jones, from the charity, said: “Thank you to Thameslink and Great Northern for choosing to support the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre, you have made a difference. This money will be used to continue to provide our services to people in Bedfordshire with MS.

“If anyone would like more information on the centre or are keen to get involved please do get in touch with us we would be delighted to hear from you 01234 325781. Once again thank you for the support and generosity.”


Notes to editors

For more information email or call Thameslink and Great Northern press office: 0203 750 2031

Govia Thameslink Railway

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:

Thameslink – services between Bedford and Brighton, Luton/St Albans and Sutton, Wimbledon and Sevenoaks

Great Northern – services between London and Welwyn, Hertford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn

Southern – services between London and the Sussex coast (Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Hastings) and parts of Surrey, Kent and Hampshire (Ashford International, Southampton, Portsmouth)

Gatwick Express – Fast, non-stop direct services between Gatwick Airport and London Victoria

GTR is now the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff: GTR carries about 326 million passenger journeys per year, employs around 6,500 people and generates annual passenger revenues of approximately £1.3bn.

The GTR investment programme for stations includes funding for more CCTV, toilet refurbishments, new retail facilities, help points and car park improvements – as well as plans for increased motorcycle storage and improved transport integration.,,