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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Southern train crew sing their support for NHS

To praise key workers and raise money for the many NHS staff who travel on their services every day, two Southern Rail conductors and a train driver at Eastbourne have banded together to reinvent a classic song.

Bernie Barnaville had the idea to create a song, and was joined by fellow musicians from the team, Ricky Duggins and driver Harry McCormick.

Bernie said: “It’s a collaboration between a lot of us at Eastbourne, and we wanted to show as key workers ourselves, we support those who put themselves on the front line every day.”

Harry added: “We know it won’t be a Captain Tom but we think it will make a difference. We hope people can visit our JustGiving page to climb aboard the train and do their bit.

Eastbourne conductor manager Jamie Cleary said: “I think it’s brilliant – Bernie said he wanted to do something to support the NHS and I’m completely behind it.

“People know about the NHS workers we’re carrying to work, but they may forget about the postmen, the teachers and everyone else, who travel each day for all kinds of work – so we wanted to remember them.”

Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern all have trains bearing messages of thanks to the NHS and other key workers.

Angie Doll, Managing Director of Southern and Gatwick Express, said: “I’m so proud of everyone across the railway family who is working to keep our services running for key workers including the NHS.”

To contribute to the campaign, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harry-mccormicknhs

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