Govia Thameslink Railway staff have been doing their bit to help some of Luton’s most disadvantaged, helping to celebrate this week's Volunteers Week (1-7 June).
Rail staff once again joined forces with the charity NOAH Enterprise to provide a hot meal to people who have fallen on hard times.
GTR’s Katherine Cox, Faz Hakim, Jo Milligan, Yvonne Leslie and Paul Codd were busy in the charity’s kitchen at its welfare centre in Park Street on Wednesday, May 15, where they helped prepare a roast chicken lunch for about 45 guests.
Corporate social responsibility manager Katherine said: “It was humbling to help out.
“There was a very calm and friendly atmosphere, and we met people from a diverse range of backgrounds.”
Katherine added: “The charity really is about moving people forward and empowering them to help themselves.
“At NOAH they never turn anyone away.”
GTR has been a long-term supporter of NOAH, whose mission is to help people who are homeless, socially marginalised or have fallen into poverty.
In the past, kind-hearted station staff have rallied round to collect food and clothing donations.
There are also plans in the pipeline for GTR staff to help with more lunch time services in the future.
NOAH’s head of welfare services Paul Prosser said: “We are very pleased that the relationship with GTR is so effective and we do enjoy having them with us in the kitchen.
“Every person has given their all to participating in what we are doing.
“They each have a real interest in making a difference and our head chef Darren has been able to deliver some increasingly varied menus because of their contribution.
“All of which means that people in poverty in Luton get to eat some great food because of the NOAH partnership with GTR.”
Govia Thameslink Railway
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services as follows:
- Thameslink – cross-London services between Bedford/Peterborough/Cambridge and Brighton/Horsham/Littlehampton/East Grinstead, and between Luton/St Albans and Sutton/Wimbledon/Rainham; plus services between London 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