The Borders Railway is backing local causes across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders this Christmas to help thank communities for their on-going support during construction.

Following a year of disruption in Galashiels, the project has sponsored the new Christmas lights in the town centre. The Christmas celebrations, organised by Galashiels Chamber of Commerce, are aimed a drawing more footfall into the town centre during the holiday season.

The team is also helping to support one of Scotland’s leading Christmas appeals, Cash for Kids. Led by Radio Borders, the appeal will see over 4,000 presents given to vulnerable youngsters across the Scottish Borders this Christmas. To help the radio team cope with the volume of presents donated by the community, the Borders Railway team has donated a storage unit near the station’s office in Tweedbank. This will provide a secure space to house the gifts before they are wrapped and distributed. 

In addition, the Borders Railway team is supporting the Red Cross in December by raising money for food hampers and small gifts for elderly people which have been identified by the charity throughout the region.  These will be hand delivered to the residents by members of the project team. The project has also lent its support to Christmas celebrations in Newtongrange and Langlee.

Craig Bowman, senior communications manager for Network Rail, said: “Whilst our focus remains firmly on working towards the completion of the railway, the activities we are supporting this Christmas is our small way of saying thank you for the support, patience and encouragement we have received from the local community over the past two years.”