Freightliner celebrates Neil Lathom’s RBF Heart of Gold Rail Hero Award win

Neil Lathom being presented at Southampton Freightliner terminal with his Heart of Gold Award.

9th August, 2023

Neil Lathom, Port Operations Team Leader from Freightliner’s Maritime Terminal at Southampton has received the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) Heart of Gold Rail Hero Award 2022 from Peter Waterman OBE, RBF President and Tim Shoveller, G&W’s new UK & Europe CEO, also an RBF Board Member.

Neil received the award because he has raised over £10,000 for charity through fundraising events like half marathons, 100km bike rides, and even a boxing match.  This achievement is even more impressive as last year, Neil was unable to receive his award last year because he was undergoing cancer chemotherapy treatment.

Dan Prendergast, the Port Operations Manager, praised Neil’s contributions, saying, “Neil’s contributions to various charities are truly awe-inspiring and we are very proud of him.  We are thrilled that he has made a full recovery and receiving this award.  Neil is very modest and doesn’t really see himself as the person we all see – a real rail hero – which makes him even more special and deserving of this award.”

The Railway Benefit Fund’s President Pete Waterman expressed his admiration for Neil, stating, “His dedication and commitment to helping others is unparalleled and serves as an inspiration to us all.

Commenting on the award, Neil said: “Thank you to The Railway Benefit Fund for this award. I always say this is not my award, there are many people behind me that help me achieve these charity events which I always do to help others.”