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25 Apr 2018

Musical schoolboy hits the right notes for mental health charity

Musical schoolboy hits the right notes for mental health charity: 4. Harrison and station staff

Southeastern have matched local school boy, Harrison Willock’s, fundraising efforts, by donating an additional £268.47 to North Kent Mind, an independent mental health charity. 

The talented 11-year-old boy from Dartford Grammar School spent the day at Bromley South tinkling the ivories on one of the network’s many station pianos, collecting donations from passengers for the mental health charity.

A number of pianos have been placed in stations across Southeastern’s network, delighting passengers by bringing music to the concourse. Sir Elton John and John Legend have famously surprised commuters by playing the piano at St Pancras.

Harrison’s efforts came to the attention of the Southeastern Twitter team when a member of the public commended Harrison for his generosity.

Harrison and his school house, Vaughan, selected North Kent Mind as their charity of choice for the academic year. They hope to beat last year’s target of £1,513 through a number of fundraising activities at the school including bake sales and sporting challenges. 

Harrison’s Head of House Emma Law said, “It is wonderful that Harrison used his talent to raise money for Mind and to spread awareness of an open attitude to mental health. He truly exceeded all expectations and serves as an inspiration to all his peers. Vaughan House would like to thank Southeastern for supporting Harrison’s efforts!”

Area Manager Danny Hackett said, “We are delighted to match Harrison’s incredible fundraising efforts to such a worthy cause. He has put a smile on both our staff and passenger’s faces through his playing!”

Southeastern offer a Travel Support Card to passengers with hidden conditions who need more help than others. The card enables passengers to express what extra assistance they need, which sometimes can be difficult to ask for.

North Kent Mind provides a wide range of services and support for people within the region who experience mental health problems.

Contact information

Imogen Robinson

Notes to editors

For further information contact:

Southeastern Press Office

Ph: 02079323629




About Southeastern:

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating over 2000 trains a day, carrying more than 640,000 passengers a day, serving 176 stations and covering 540-miles of railway infrastructure.

Southeastern is owned by Govia, a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group (65 per cent) and Keolis (35 per cent). Govia is the most enduring partnership between transport operators delivering rail franchises in this country.

It is the UK’s busiest rail operator, responsible for 28.7 per cent of UK passenger rail journeys through its four rail companies, Southern, Southeastern, Govia Thameslink Railway and London Midland. Further information on Govia is available at: Go-Ahead Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport services operating in the bus, rail and aviation services sectors.

Keolis is a French-based operator of transport services in 13 countries worldwide and is owned by SNCF, AXA Private Equity, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Keolis management.


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