Staff at Birmingham-based rail operator London Midland dressed down for the day to raise funds for a Birmingham Boys' Brigade Company.
London Midland handed over a cheque for £500 to the 1st Birmingham Boys' Brigade Company, which will be used to help fund a trip to Switzerland.
The Company, which meets each Monday at Aston Parish Church, will experience the spectacular scenery of the Bernese Oberland when they travel to Switzerland in late July as part of their centenary celebrations.
The 10-day trip includes walking, climbing and sight-seeing. The group has been raising funds by gardening and sponsored events and has organised a community fun day on April 24.
The fun day takes place between 2pm and 5pm at Trinity Road playing fields in Aston.
The Company also held a fundraising auction which included items of Coronation Street memorabilia and a Parker pen donated by the Prime Minister.
Group leader Captain Jennifer Martin said: “Everyone is working extremely hard to raise funds for this trip. We're looking forward to exploring Switzerland – I didn't want them sprawled out on a beach!”
“We're grateful to London Midland for this donation and can't wait to visit the Swiss Alps.”
London Midland retail manager Brenda Lawrence said staff had donated money at London Midland's New Street HQ in return for dressing down for the day.
“The Boys' Brigade does fantastic work in the community in Birmingham so it was a pleasure to help. We hope they have a wonderful time on their trip.”
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Since 2007, London Midland has been providing train services to and from London in the south, to Birmingham in the Midlands and Liverpool in the north-west. Over 60 million passenger journeys a year are made using on the network and London Midland manage 148 stations and operate
over 1,300 services a day.
London Midland is owned by Govia, the partnership between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia
is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for nearly 30 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its three rail companies, Southern (which includes Gatwick Express services), Southeastern and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at www.govia.info
London Midland has won a range of awards, including Best Local Transport Integration, four Rail Business Awards for marketing, public relations and customer information, five Golden Spanner Awards for Engineering, three IOIC awards for internal communication and three Railstaff Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, Lifesaving and Charity Work.
In 2013 London Midland was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) Silver Award and been awarded the 5 Star award by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2012.