Whisky Focus - Caledonian Sleeper Whisky Raises £5000 For Railway Children Charity

Caledonian Sleeper Whisky Raises £5000 For Railway Charity

20th July 2023
Caledonian Sleeper raises £5,000 to support vulnerable young people using Glasgow’s rail network.

Caledonian Sleeper Whisky Raises £500 for The Railaway Children Charity

Railway Children, a charity dedicated to providing crucial support to at-risk children and young people on the UK rail network, received a warm welcome today as it accepted a generous donation of £5,000 from Caledonian Sleeper.

This substantial contribution will be instrumental in financing Railway Children's new project based in Glasgow. The initiative aims to unite the rail industry and British Transport Police in offering assistance to vulnerable young individuals in the area. These young people often seek refuge on the rail network or face potential exploitation while utilizing it.

In a remarkable gesture, Caledonian Sleeper had earlier launched a special limited-edition single cask single malt whisky to commemorate 150 years of Scotland to London sleeper services. Pledging the profits from the sale of its exclusive 70cl bottles to Railway Children, the company demonstrated their commitment to making a positive impact. The limited availability of only 200 individually numbered bottles resulted in a swift sell-out within a month, generating a total donation of £5,000 for the charitable cause.

Kathryn Darbandi, Managing Director for Caledonian Sleeper, said: "It’s so important that the vulnerable children and young people using our railway network get the care and support they need. As a proud member of the rail industry, this cause is close to our hearts, and we hope our donation today helps make a difference in Glasgow.

"Glasgow Central Station is one of the main transport hubs we service and so, it felt only right that our donation should go towards funding Railway Children’s vital new project in the city."

Railway Children is dedicated to supporting children and young people who face various risks while using the UK railway network. These risks may include running away from home or care, meeting potentially harmful individuals, or becoming victims of exploitation through County Lines drug running activity.

Having experienced success with projects in London, Yorkshire, the West Midlands, and the Northwest of England, Railway Children is now embarking on its first venture into Scotland with the introduction of the new Glasgow project.

In this initiative, the charity will extend direct support to vulnerable young individuals in Glasgow, identified through referrals from British Transport Police. The services offered will be tailored to meet individual needs and may include welfare visits, as well as parental and family support.

To further protect vulnerable youth, Railway Children will provide training for rail staff in Glasgow. This training aims to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to safeguard young passengers effectively. Additionally, the charity will maintain regular meetings with the local Safeguarding Action Group, enabling them to identify specific needs and understand the unique context of Glasgow to better address the challenges faced by at-risk young people in the area.

Jack Miller, Group Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Railway Children, commented: "We’re thrilled that Caledonian Sleeper has chosen to raise money for our cause. Our new Glasgow project will allow us to cast our safety net into Scotland and support even more young people. This donation will help get the project up and running."

Alongside the generous donation to Railway Children today, Caledonian Sleeper has also decided to contribute one of the rare limited edition 70cl whisky bottles to the Scottish loneliness and animal charity, Give a Dog a Bone. This exclusive bottle will be auctioned later in the year as part of fundraising endeavors.

The special whisky was created in collaboration with Annandale Distillery, one of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland. Aged for eight years and bottled at 50% ABV, this unpeated malt was matured in an American oak ex-bourbon cask and carefully hand-selected by the Caledonian Sleeper team at the distillery.

Named after the iconic sleeper service that first journeyed from Glasgow to London King's Cross via Edinburgh on 2nd April 1873, the whisky carries the fitting moniker "Caledonian Sleeper."

To learn more about the anniversary celebrations of Caledonian Sleeper, visit their website at www.sleeper.scot.


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