The RailStaff Awards 2019

Nominations for Award for Charity

Peter Jarvis

Said the following about Tony Brindley:

“Tony has done a fantastic job for the Samaritans by raising almost £3,000 for his 'walk the line' across the Crossrail network which runs from Reading - Shenfield. Great job Tony!“

Margaret Nice

Said the following about Tony Brindley:

“Havering Samaritans would like to nominate Tony Brindley for the Charity Award sponsored by Land Sheriffs. Tony has been a member of the team at Romford Station for over 18 years and loves his "dream job". Everyone knows Tony and his willingness to help others.

Tony is part of a close team at Romford Station who support each other and look out for members of the public who may need help. He has intervened to help many people who have been going through tough times and has, I'm sure, saved lives. In his efforts to continue to raise awareness of Samaritans and encouraging people who are struggling to cope to seek help, Tony carries on him, and encourages other staff to carry, a few Samaritans contact cards to give to the public who may need them.

Tony has been an invaluable supporter of Havering Samaritans since we started to visit the station on awareness visits about 10 years ago and he is an inspiration to our branch volunteers. He always greets us with a welcoming smile and the offer of refreshments and never wants praise for his kindness.

Tony has helped Havering Samaritans with our annual fundraising event at Romford Station. This takes the form of a static bike ride challenge between Land Sheriffs, station and MTR staff and Samaritans volunteers. Tony is always there, providing tables, pens, water - anything that's needed and when not doing that he will be on one of the bikes (and that's at the end of a day's work). This December will be no different and Tony will no doubt be an active participant in the fundraising challenge.

In December last year Tony did a sponsored "Walk the Line" challenge to raise funds for Havering Samaritans, which he organised and planned himself with the support of colleague Richard Baker. He walked the length of the Elizabeth Line, along footpaths, canal and river sides and roadways from Reading to Romford and Shenfield to Romford ensuring he covered the whole route and visiting every station. This incredible challenge was a total of 88.4 miles over 3 days.

Tony endured adverse weather conditions and being soaked by a passing car, ruining his map, meaning that he had to backtrack to Langley and Iver Stations when he realised he had missed them. He completed most of the walk alone, meeting up with friends and colleagues along the way. Tony raised nearly £4,000 for Havering Samaritans, essential funds which help to keep the branch operating to support our callers.

Tony is a tenacious but kind man, pleasant, cheerful and always ready to lend a hand, but he doesn't look for thanks or glory, in fact he avoids both if he can. Volunteers at Havering Samaritans hold him in the highest esteem and think he deserves to receive this award.“

Sultana Pasha

Said the following about Tony Brindley:

“Tony is a truly inspirational man. His courage, determination and commitment to the job is admirable.

He seeks to support both colleagues and customers, pushing positivity and wellbeing. This is demonstrated not only in his charity work but the lifesaving interventions he's assisted with over the years.

Tony raised an incredible £3,500 + on his own for MTRs charity of the year, Samaritans. Tony walked for 3 days from Reading to Shenfield , a total of over 88 miles! During this period, Tony updated the company and took selfies with colleagues across the route, making it an engaging journey, spreading the fantastic work Samaritans deliver every day.

Tony has more recently supported a colleague with raising money for Railway Children and has also supported with raising funds for Macmillan Cancer by dying his beard green.

Tony is truly deserving of this award, not only because of the recognition he deserves but also to inspire the wider industry by his selfless acts.“