A woman who organised cash collection points at some of London’s busiest railway stations following the Grenfell Tower disaster has been recognised for her work.
Paula Hilliard, an employee engagement manager at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), arranged a team of around 50 volunteers to collect money and raised more than £12,500 in less than a week.
She won the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) Heart of Gold Award for Charity at the RailStaff Awards on Saturday (October 7).
Her team collected donations from stations including King’s Cross, St Pancras, London Bridge, Victoria and East Croydon.
Paula, from Peterborough, also co-ordinates the operator’s programme with the Prince’s Trust, which offers employment opportunities to young people from the local community, and also oversees the company’s other charity fundraising activities.
Referring to the Grenfell collections, Paula, who has worked within the rail industry for 21 years, said: “It was just something that everybody wanted to get involved in but we had to turn it round really quickly because we wanted to make sure the money got there as quickly as possible.”
She added: “I am really humbled to have won this award. I see my job as a team effort, supported by station managers, frontline teams and head office.”
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