A Message for Our Supporters

COVID-19 Update by Ball Chair: HS1’s Dyan Crowther


We hope that you, your family, and friends are safe and well.

The Railway Ball and Railway Children are doing all we can to help vulnerable and marginalised children, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During the past months, we have continually been reviewing the viability of running this year’s Ball.  Sadly, due to the continuing uncertainty, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Ball to Friday 26 November 2021, returning to the InterContinental London – The O2.

It was not an easy decision, but our aim remains the same. To help children at risk at a time when they need it most. The postponement of this year’s Railway Ball to 2021, is clearly one of those times.

Loss of The Railway Ball 2020 income will create a financial hole of around £500,000 for Railway Children. This is catastrophic and the impact includes:

  • Preventing the charity from working with over 2,500 children
  • Closing projects
  • Job losses

As you can appreciate it could take years to recover.

Our message to supporters of the Railway Ball and the Charity is: ‘Help Railway Children Survive’

We are asking our 2020 supporters to donate their table/sponsorship fees to ensure Railway Children’s survival, and support their fight to help some of the most disadvantaged children in the world.

What Your Donation Can Do

Platinum Table £10,000

  • Shelter and reintegrate 52 Indian children
  • Fund a Tanzanian shelter for 8 months
  • Provide emergency care for 250 East African children
  • Feed 400 Indian children for a month
  • Pay for a project worker in the UK for 6 months, providing dedicated 121 and family sessions to vulnerable children

Diamond Table £9,000

  • Shelter and reintegrate 46 Indian children
  • Fund a Tanzanian shelter for 7 months
  • Provide emergency care for 225 East African children
  • Feed 360 Indian children for a month
  • Provide 450 hours of 121 work to vulnerable children in the UK

Gold Table £7,000

  • Shelter and reintegrate 39 Indian children
  • Fund a Tanzanian shelter for 5 months
  • Provide emergency care for 225 East African children
  • Feed 280 Indian children for a month
  • Provide 350 hours of 121 work to vulnerable children in the UK

Railway Children’s work is needed now more than ever. With your kindness and generosity and The Railway Ball’s spirit: uniting UK Rail, we can ensure Railway Children can support the projects and the children and families that need our help.  As a thank you for your generosity, all donors will receive a 25% discount for The Railway Ball 2021.

RSVP by 30 June 2020

As you might appreciate, a donation for 2020 is our preferred option.  However, you can defer to the 2021 Ball, at the same price as 2020; or receive a full refund. Please reply to the Railway Ball Events Office (enquiries@railwayball.co.uk) and let us know which of the below options you wish to take:

  1. Donate to Railway Children and get a 25% discount off the 2021 Ball
  2. Defer your booking to 2021
  3. Request a full refund

Please do take care and a big thank you for your continued support.

Dyan Crowther, Ball Chairperson & CEO, HS1

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