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12 Dec 2018

Southeastern Staff Sing out to Support Vulnerable Young People

Southeastern Staff Sing out to Support Vulnerable Young People: flash mob group

Yesterday (Tuesday 11th December), Southeastern and other rail staff from across the country showed their support for vulnerable young people who will spend this winter sheltering at stations, by staging a flash mob choir at London Bridge station.

The fundraising event was organised by the charity Railway Children and sponsored by Southeastern. Volunteer singers from across the rail industry stopped shoppers and commuters in their tracks by bursting into song every 15 minutes during the afternoon rush hour.

The choral flash mob - led by music producer and the choir director of Britain’s Got Talent’s Missing People Choir, James Hawkins - performed a new arrangement of the classic, ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers.

Clearly hitting the right notes, the volunteers managed to raise money from generous commuters Southeastern and employees.

Every year hundreds of thousands of vulnerable young people from across the UK run away, or are forced to leave their homes. Many take shelter in the public transport systems. Working alongside British Transport Police (BTP), Railway Children identify and provide protection for children with nowhere else to turn.

David Statham, Managing Director of Southeastern said: “We are delighted to support Railway Children. As a rail provider we have a duty to recognise vulnerable people, who might be using our stations for shelter. People often find it hard to believe that there are children in the UK sleeping rough, but we hope yesterday’s event has helped create a greater awareness of the issue.”

Katie Mason, Events Manager at Railway Children, said: “We’d like to thank the team at Southeastern, who have been involved from the very beginning, for their amazing support. Their backing will help highlight what we do and raise much-needed funds to help Railway Children make the UK’s railway stations safer places for vulnerable children.”

 James Hawkins said, “There is simply no more powerful way to get an important message like this across than through music and singing. I’m delighted to have been able to help Southeastern and the Railway Children come together and help young people this Christmas. The song, although upbeat, is highly emotional, and couldn’t be a more appropriate Christmas message.”


To view photos and passenger response to the fundraising activity please search the hashtag: #RCflashmob



Contact information

Carlotta Saxton

Notes to editors

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Southeastern Press Office

Tel: 0207 620 5080 (24-hours)



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.

About Railway Children:


Railway Children is a leading children’s charity fighting for vulnerable children and young people who run away or are forced to leave home where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’. They find themselves spending more and more time on the streets because there is nowhere else to go and no one left to turn to. The problems they face on the streets, where they risk abuse and exploitation, are often even worse than those they endured at home. Every day we fight to change their story.

Railway Children race to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can. Our pioneering work in the UK, India and East Africa enables us to get to street children before the streets get to them. To find out more about the Railway Children at

About James Hawkins Music (

James Hawkins Music is a creative music agency which specialises in delivering compelling music projects with purpose. They understand that music is marketing and offers the most powerful way to reach out to your audience. James Hawkins Music are proud to have worked with The Missing People Choir (BGT Finalists 2017), The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack, Rick Astley, Carol Decker, Kerry Ellis, Nik Kershaw, Jodie Prenger, Lesley Garrett, Hayley Tammadon, G4, ESPN, ITV, BBC, Channel 5, Heart FM, The Military Wives, Rock Choir, The Games Maker Choir, The Rockabellas, Invictus Choir and Disney.


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