Charity support

GWR are committed to engaging with the wider communities we serve to deliver a sustainable future in a socially responsible way.

We want to make a difference in the areas our trains run through and we do this by supporting a range of charities with a demonstrable link to our business, which align with our vision and values.

We focus on promoting and supporting safety education, employability and skills, sustainable and accessible mobility, and local environmental and economic regeneration.

Help we may be able to provide includes travel support, charity collections at our stations and raffle prize donations.

For raffle prizes, please fill out the online request form here.

For charity collections, at a GWR station, or to enquire about travel support, please email

A member of our Communities Team will be in touch.

Action for Children

GWR, as part of FirstGroup, is working with Action for Children to support the mental health of the UK’s most disadvantaged children.

FirstGroup’s three-year partnership is valued at more than £1 million in cash, fundraising, and the commercial value of gifts in kind. Action for Children will benefit from advertising space across our UK transport network and funding for mental health projects, enabling the delivery of essential specialist support to young people who desperately need help.

From now until 2021, Action for Children will be the main beneficiary of FirstGroup’s corporate responsibility activities across our UK businesses; First Bus, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express.

This partnership is particularly special to us, because it was chosen by thousands of our own people through a colleague ballot. That’s why it is considered the centrepiece of our UK community strategy.

Action for Children helps disadvantaged children across the UK through fostering or adoption, by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse, by influencing policy, and by making life better for disabled children. With more than 600 services, the charity improves the lives of 370,000 children, young people and families every year.

Find out more on Action for Children’s website.