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Tube staff get £7,000 from commuters for injured soldiers

PUBLISHED: 18:11 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010

Tube staff at Bank station who made the bucket collection

Tube staff at Bank station who made the bucket collection

STAFF on the London Underground have kick-started the season of goodwill by holding a collection for a heroes' charity.

They raised £7,000 for Help for Heroes, which supports soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, at the ticket barrier at Bank station in The City

STAFF on the London Underground have kick-started the season of goodwill by holding a collection for a 'heroes' charity.

They raised £7,000 for Help for Heroes, which supports soldiers injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, at the ticket barrier at Bank station in The City.

Commuters donated a generous £6,347 in only four hours, then topped it up with another £1,000 from the Central Line staff themselves.

The collection was the idea of station supervisors Mick Cavendish and Stephen Read, who stayed on after their shifts to stand at the ticket barrier with their buckets.

"I never would have thought we would have raised so much, so fast," said a delighted station supervisor Mick. "People were actually thanking us as they were dropping in the coins. It really was heart-warming."

The idea came during a colleague's leaving party when they raised £150 for the charity.

Mick's colleague Stephen said: "It's incredible that during lean times with the credit crunch people still have the heart to think of others less fortunate.

"The Christmas spirit is alive and well on the Central Line.

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