Virgin Trains offers charity staff 20 per cent off advance tickets

Offer begins on 13 August and includes peak times

Virgin Trains is to offer charity workers a 20 per cent discount for work-related journeys on its advance train tickets.

The company claims it is the first train operator to make such an offer, which starts on 13 August and includes advance fares for all routes, including peak-time journeys.

To qualify for the discount for their staff, organisations must get at least 10 per cent of their annual income from voluntary sources and must register as a charity with Virgin Trains CharityLine.

If a charity’s annual income is more than £500,000, it will have to provide a link to its accounts on the Charity Commission website as confirmation.

Charity staff travelling under the scheme must travel with identification or a letter of authorisation to prove they are making a work-related journey.

Tickets can be booked until 23:59 the day before travel.

"This is a way we can provide benefits to lots of charities, which we are happy to do," said Richard Burns, communications manager for Virgin Trains. "We hope uptake will be high."

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