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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Great Western Railway Signs Armed Forces Covenant

GWR has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, it is a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, should be treated fairly when accessing services in the UK, and do not face discrimination compared to other people.

GWR is also planning their 3rd Poppies to Paddington operation on Remembrance Day, on Friday 11th November 2022. This year they join forces with The Veterans Charity to carry poppy wreaths across the network to be laid at London Paddington's iconic war memorial on Platform 1.

GWR Business Assurance Director, Joe Graham, pictured left, said:

“Poppies to Paddington was conceived in 2020 to ensure communities within the GWR network could honour our fallen heroes despite the restrictions in place around Covid-19. “We’re looking forward to another special Poppies to Paddington operation on Friday 11 November and we’re especially proud to have now formally signed the Armed Forces Covenant. “The armed forces are a really important part of the social fabric of the GWR network and this national scheme demonstrates our support for military personnel, their families, and veterans, recognising their fantastic contribution to the community.”

Maj Gabriel Martin-Bowtell RE, SO2 Engagement at HQ London, pictured right, said: “The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and are not unfairly disadvantaged by their or their partner’s military service.

“We’re pleased that Great Western Railway has signed the covenant to pledge its support to those who have served and are serving for our country, be they regular reserve or adult cadet instructors”

GWR signing the Armed Forces Covenant is part of the National Rail Contract that was awarded by the Government in June. Additionally, they are working towards receiving a silver award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The scheme recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community and have aligned their values with the Covenant.

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