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GTR colleagues cycled 90-miles in aid of The Prince's Trust - more images below
GTR colleagues cycled 90-miles in aid of The Prince's Trust - more images below

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Railway colleagues raise over £13,000 for youth charity

Railway colleagues have smashed their fundraising target for a youth charity after a series of events, including a team taking part in a 90-mile cycle ride.

Twenty-two Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) workers from Stevenage, Hitchin, Huntingdon, Royston, London and Croydon braved the pouring rain, wind and cold to take part in The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace ride earlier this month. The colleagues were keen to raise money for the charity after seeing first-hand how the organisation helps young people get into work.

In total they raised an impressive £13,205 after having set themselves a target of at least £5,000. Colleagues across the GTR network also supported the fundraising by holding bake sales and a raffle.

GTR’s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Verwer said: “We’re delighted to have raised so much for such a worthy cause. This year also marks the five-year anniversary of GTR’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust and our ‘Get into Railways’ programme, which offers young people placements on the railway. It is hugely rewarding to see young people take part in this course, watch their confidence grow and ultimately reward many of them with a job.”

Stevenage Station Manager Marc Edwards added: “The bike ride was a big challenge, but we were spurred on in the knowledge that we would be helping even more young people with fresh starts in life. £13,205 is a phenomenal amount to have raised. We never thought we would have raised that much. Hopefully in the future, I will get to work with some of the young people we’re supporting and be able to call them my colleagues.”

The 90-mile ride saw GTR colleagues set off from Buckingham Palace on October 6, taking in Richmond Park and the Surrey countryside before reaching their destination, Windsor Castle.

For more information on the latest group of young people to take part in a GTR placement, visit:




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

GTR is currently the most punctual of the large and complex operators in UK rail according to 'On Time' statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road for May, June and July 2019, and fourth of all train operators in the UK

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