BARNSLEY’S railway station has been given a new name in the spirit of Christmas.
 
Northern Rail has temporarily renamed Barnsley Interchange Barnsleigh to try to bring come festive cheer to rail users
 
Blackpool North Pole, Hartleyule and Ho Ho Holmes Chapel have also been renamed this week.
 
The rail service also offered free hot chocolates to customers at the station to help their days get off to a cheerful start.
 
In addition to encouraging customers to feel festive, the name changes reflected donations made by Northern to charities in the local communities.
 
Barnsley Hospice was chosen as one of Northern’s Christmas charities and staff were visited by Santa’s helpers who handed over the donation.
 
Barnsley Hospice provides specialist compassionate care to hundreds of local people every year from all over Barnsley.
 
Specialist palliative care provides help and support to people with active and progressive life-limiting illnesses such as Cancer, Heart Disease or Parkinson’s. This care strives to improve quality of life for patients and their families by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and social support; and counselling and bereavement services.
 
Steve Hopkinson, regional director at Northern, said: “Christmas is a great time of the year, but it is important that we take the time to give something back to the communities that we serve and are part of.
 
“Barnsley Hospice provides vital care when it is needed most and makes a significant difference to people’s lives in the local community. I’m delighted we have been able to support their efforts.”
 
Sam Silverwood, corporate fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to the Northern staff at Barnsley Interchange who have chosen to donate this money to Barnsley Hospice. The hospice has been a big part of the community for over 25 years and Northern’s kind donation will help us to continue to support those in need in the local area.”