Ticket examiners at Dalmuir celebrate railway awards success
Ticket examiners at Dalmuir station have scooped the Outstanding Contribution to Corporate and Social Responsibility title a recent ScotRail Alliance staff awards ceremony.
They were honoured at the second annual Your Recognition Awards. The event, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Saturday (19 November) and hosted by radio presenter and DJ, Gina McKie, celebrated staff achievements throughout the year and was attended by 210 ScotRail Alliance employees and guests.
The team – comprised of Pat Kane and Marie Fox from Clydebank, James Barrowman from Dumbarton and Alan Hayward from Old Kilpatrick – received the accolade for their success in setting up a social club fund, which has raised money for charity.
Through a variety of activities for staff to get involved in, such as paintballing and cake bake sales, their efforts helped raise over £1,000 for several local causes this year, having raised over £500 the previous year.
James Barrowman said: “We don’t do the work to be recognised, and we never thought we would be recognised. We set out to support local charities that mean something to someone in our depot, someone who has been touched in some way by these charities.”
Marie Fox added: “I was gobsmacked, I didn’t think we’d win, but it is amazing work that we’ve all done as a team. Our bake sales are very popular and people are always asking us when the next one will be.”
Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance said: “Our people are vital in making sure our railway works so it is right that those who work tirelessly and give so much to our industry every single day are deservedly recognised. I wish to offer all our winners a huge congratulations and thank everyone for their tremendous work.
“There are over seven thousand people who work extremely hard day and night, and in all weather conditions to keep Scotland’s railway running. And together they are playing their part in making a huge contribution to people’s lives, helping to connect communities and build the country’s economy.
“I’m proud to have the team at Dalmuir represent the ScotRail Alliance, as they set a great example for other employees. It’s great to get the chance to say thank you to a deserving winner, and to recognise the team for their efforts.”
The 2016 Employee of the Year and Team of the Year, and several other ‘Outstanding Contribution’ awards, were also presented on the night.
As well as celebrating staff achievements, fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK was a key focus of the evening and guests dug deep to raise almost £3,000 for the charity.
Steve Frost, Head of Corporate Partnerships for Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated at the Recognition Awards.
“We are grateful for the continued support we have received this year, with over £10,000 being raised by rail employees.
“The money will help us fund pioneering research projects across Scotland, and to bring much-needed treatments and preventions for dementia ever closer.”